Australia’s new entertainment sports series, League Nation Live is about to kick off. If you love your league and want your shows live and deadly, tune in from March 1 to see Justin, Aaron, Hannah, Jodan and Nathan talk all things NRL and entertainment. Until then, let’s get to know our panel.
Justin Hodges – The Pro
One of the most legendary centres in the game, Justin Hodges was selected to play for Queensland and Australia in 2006, after a starring role for the Brisbane Broncos. He went on to captain the Broncos and play in both Rugby League World Cup, ANZAC Tests and Origin series, as well as playing for the Indigenous side in the NRL All Stars game of 2012. In 2015, Hodges led the Broncos to a Grand Final appearance, in a nail-biting extra time match. Now retired, Justin is an active member of the NRL community and an informed voice in the media.
Aaron Fa’Aoso – The Born Performer
Best known for his hilarious roles in ABC’s Black Comedy, Fa’Aoso is an Equity award-winning and four-time Deadly award-nominated performer also known for his roles in SBS series East West 101, Bit of Black Business, City Homicide and Network Ten’s Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms. Aaron also associate produced The Straits (based on his original idea) as well as acting alongside UK actor Brian Cox. He’s an accomplished stage actor too, having helped devise and perform in the sold-out Back Home at the Sydney Festival.
Nathan Appo – The Mentor
A former professional tennis player and proud Mamu man with connection to Goreng Goreng and Bundjalung nations, Appo’s community achievements began with eight years working with First Contact Youth Corporation, and Touch Football Sports & Cultural Festival at Whites Hill in Brisbane. He is now the Healthy Lifestyle Officer with Deadly Choices, through the Centre for Urban Indigenous Health, but rugby league is one of his true passions. Nathan loves empowering his mob through social justice and sports, and is excited to join the League Nation Live team.
Hannah Hollis – The Journo
Hannah is an avid sports fan and a die-hard Melbourne Storm supporter. As a professional broadcast journalist, she has covered the 2014 World Cup for SBS and has been working with NITV News and Living Black since 2012. A Darwin-born Jawoyn woman, she’s lived in Canberra, Papua New Guinea, Sydney and Melbourne, and as such has a flair for giving voice to the untold stories of our country. With her passion for travel and story-telling, Hollis is keen to bring her love of sports and entertainment to League Nation Live.
Jodan Perry – The League Fanatic
A self-confessed rugby league nut, Jodan is a loyal supporter of the code in all its forms. A proud Worimi/Wiradjuri man, he follows the mighty Canberra Raiders, despite being raised in Newcastle. Perry is a professional broadcast journalist with SBS and NITV, working as our Queensland correspondent and passionately telling the stories of his people through their own perspectives. In his spare time, he likes keeping fit, playing guitar, reading, keeping up with current affairs – and he rates himself as a pretty good cook!
Check out the whole panel - live and deadly - when League Nation Live begins in March.