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Fast facts

  • Born and raised in the Southern Highlands, NSW
  • Lives in Sydney, NSW
  • Debuted in 1998 with the Parramatta Eels
  • Played junior league for the Moss Vale Dragons Junior Rugby League Club from 1991-1995
  • Played 330 first grade games
  • Represented NSW in 17 State of Origin games, and represented Australia in 23 International Tests
  • Highly celebrated winner of the Provan Summons Medal, Dally M Second Rower of the Year, International Forward of the Year and Ken Stephens Award
  • Retired from professional rugby league in 2012
  • NRL Ambassador from 2012 - 2017
  • NRL Community Program Deliverer since 2018

Fun facts

  • Favourite NRL team: Parramatta Eels
  • Career ambition as a kid: A truck driver
  • Favourite food: Chicken schnitzel
  • Spirit animal: A British bulldog who just eats and sleeps
  • What's on TV (when the footy isn't on): National Geographic channel with my boys


Born in the Southern Highlands, Nathan made his NRL career debut with the Parramatta Eels in 1998.

Outside of his 15-year career with the Eels, Nathan represented Australia in international tests and New South Wales in State of Origin matches.

Nathan's dedication to community is evident throughout his time with the Eels, supporting countless charities and community organisations, including The Children's Hospital Westmead, and continues to support these charities to this day.

Following his retirement, Nathan became a NRL Ambassador in 2012, supporting the NRL State of Mind, Well Being, Tackle Bullying, Respect and Belonging programs. In 2018, Nathan will continue this important work as a NRL Community Program Deliverer.

"The main reason I became a NRL Ambassador was to be able to educate and influence school children in a fun and informative way, and now as a Community Program Deliverer, I can build on the work we've been doing alongside some of the best players our game has seen," said Nathan.

"As many would agree, being a NRL Community Program Deliverer is a great way to stay involved in the game and continue the great work rugby league does for Aussie footy fans around the country."

"Footy unites all cultures, religions and backgrounds. There's something very special about a sport that can foster that kind of connection."

Nathan and his wife Bonnie live in Sydney's northwest with their four sons, Archie, Buster, Rowdie and Dodge. In addition to his work with the NRL, Nathan works as a rugby league commentator at Fox Sports News and The Matty Johns Show.

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.