The Nine Network has confirmed Erin Molan will host the upcoming reality series, THE NRL ROOKIE, which begins production this week.
Molan is an important member of the Nine Network’s sports team – co-hosting The NRL Footy Show with Paul “Fatty” Vautin, The Footy Show Fight Nights, as well as presenting and reporting for The Sunday NRL Footy Show and Nine News.
NRL Rookie is a spin-off version of original Foxtel series The Recruit which is based on an AFL format. Both programs are produced by Eddie McGuires' production company McGuire Media.
Molan will be joined on THE NRL ROOKIE by former top rugby league players Mark “MG” Geyer and Adrian Lam, who will undertake the role of Forwards and Backs Coaches respectively, as well as Kate Baecher, the official team psychologist. Along with Head Coach Brad Fittler, they will all be charged with deciding who wins the title of “The NRL Rookie”, and a guaranteed contract with an NRL team.
Currently a member of Triple M radio’s breakfast show, The Grill Team, and a regular guest panellist on The Footy Show, Mark Geyer has been involved in rugby league for more than two decades. In a 13-year career, he played 180 games for three clubs and won a premiership with the Penrith Panthers. The three-time international was etched in State of Origin folklore with his famed stare-off against “The King”, Wally Lewis, in 1991.
Roosters’ great Adrian Lam has extensive playing and coaching experience – he represented the Queensland Maroons 14 times in Origin, as well as playing 119 games for Wigan Warriors in the UK Super League. Lam has a wealth of experience as a captain – he took Papua New Guinea to the 1995 and 2000 World Cups – and his impressive coaching career then saw him take his country to the 2008 and 2013 World Cups.
Registered psychologist, consultant and trainer Kate Baecher has a military and corporate background. She has most recently worked with the Manly Sea Eagles to develop greater team cohesion and enhanced performance. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, exploring the impact of physical injury on mental health disorders.
From this week, the NRL ROOKIE judging team will be putting 25 hopeful rookies through their paces in a series of weekly captains’ challenges, followed by matches against a tough array of opposition. This will culminate in a special live broadcast of the show next year where all 16 NRL clubs have the opportunity to “draft” the eventual winner.