Alan Tongue

Fast facts

  • Born and raised in Tamworth
  • Played 220 games with the Canberra Raiders over 12 seasons, from 1999 – 2011
  • Captained the Canberra Raiders for five years, from 2007 – 2011
  • Played in the 2008 NSW Country Origin and 2008 Australian Prime Ministers XIII
  • Recipient of the 2000 Raiders Rookie of the Year; 2006 Raiders Player of the Year; and 2007 Raiders Clubman of the year
  • Winner of two 2008 Dally M Awards - Lock of the Year, Captain of the Year
  • Retired from professional rugby league in 2011
  • NRL Ambassador from 2012-2017
  • NRL Community Program Deliverer since 2018

Fun facts

Favourite NRL team: Canberra Raiders

Career ambition as a kid: NRL Player or farmer

Favourite food: Seafood

Spirit animal: A bird

What's on TV (when the footy isn't on): Cooking shows

Bio

Born and raised in Tamworth, NSW, Alan was selected for the Canberra Raiders on a junior Rugby League scholarship in 1999 and made his first-grade debut against the Brisbane Broncos in 2000.

Throughout his stellar 13-year career with the Raiders – five of which he served as captain – Alan tallied more than 200 matches, was named Lock of the Year and Captain of the Year at the 2008 Dally M Awards.

Alan first became an NRL Ambassador in 2012, and today is a NRL Community Program Deliverer. He has been the face of the NRL Voice Against Violence program which uses its powerful voice to help raise awareness of and prevent violence against women and children.

"I've seen firsthand how NRL Community programs help to educate and empower positive change within communities they touch," said Alan.

"Rugby League has been a huge part of my life and I hope to support the game as it has supported me."

Since retiring in 2011, Alan founded the Mentoring Thru Fitness program, empowering and motivating young people to better their lives.

Even during his professional playing days, Alan supported a number of charity programs and today continues to serve his community as an Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Canberra, Domestic Violence Crisis Services (Canberra) Champion, is a board member of the Men of League, and an ambassador for the Full Stop Foundation.

Today Alan and his wife and four kids live in Canberra. Alan is a qualified mechanic and holds certificates in Small Business, Personal Training and Youth Work.