Nathan Friend

Fast facts

  • Born and raised in Toowoomba, QLD
  • Lives in the Gold Coast, QLD
  • Played junior league for the West Bulldogs JRLFC from 1986-1996
  • Played for the Brisbane Broncos in 2002, Melbourne Storm from 2003-2006, Gold Coast Titans from 2007-2011 and 2016, Warriors from 2012-2015
  • Captained the Gold Coast Titans in 2016
  • Played 242 first grad games
  • Scored 14 tries
  • 2005 Dally M Award Peter Frilingos Memorial Award winner
  • 2009 and 2010 Dally M Award Hooker of the Year nominee
  • 2009 Gold Coast Titans Player of the Year
  • Played for the QLD Residents team in 2002
  • Retired from professional rugby league in 2016
  • NRL Ambassador in 2017
  • NRL Community Program Deliverer since 2018

Fun facts

Favourite NRL team: Melbourne Storm

Career ambition as a kid: Like my dad, building things

Favourite food: Pork belly

Spirit animal: A lion

What's on TV (when the footy isn't on): Grand Designs

Bio

Nathan Friend is one of NRL's greatest talents.

Starting as a fan and avid supporter alongside his father, Nathan one day registered to play junior league for the West Bulldogs Junior Rugby League Football Club, where he played for 11 years.

Looking up to players like Alfie Langer and the Brisbane Bronocs, it was only fitting that Nathan debuted with the Brisbane Broncos in 2002, kick-starting an impressive 15-year career.

Retiring in 2016, Nathan has enjoyed a highly-celebrated career, playing 242 career games alongside some of the game's best players, and receiving a Dally M Award Peter Frilingos Award in 2015 and multiple nominations.

To further his support of the game and its community, Nathan became a NRL Community Program Deliverer in 2018 following his year served as a NRL Ambassador, complementing support of the Men of League Foundation.

"My upbringing and road to first grade was enduring and required mental fortitude to persist and succeed. Having faced my battles along the way, I feel I can pass on my experiences to the next generation and discuss with them many of the ups and downs they will come across in trying to reach their goals of playing first grade," said Nathan.

"Having been a captain and senior player, my role to mentor juniors was called upon and I loved the challenge. To see them overcome their fears or issues was very gratifying and I look forward to continuing this work as a Community Program Deliverer."

Nathan enjoys watching his two boys, aged nine and seven, play junior league for the Burleigh Bears, and is passionate about teaching kids the importance of healthy eating.

"My career was built on providing the body with the right fuel to perform and to recover for an enduring season. I now want to pass on the importance of healthy eating for kids, average person or the athlete."

Nathan lives in the Gold Coast, QLD with his wife and two sons.