SKY News presenter James Bracey is joining Nine to host its NRL broadcasts.
He will host games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights as well as The Sunday Footy Show.
“If you asked me if there was a job I wanted to go into, I wouldn’t have even thought this one was a chance so it’s the whole cliché of a dream come true,” Bracey told Wide World of Sports.
“To go from a kid sitting on the hill watching his Bears, to actually being at the ground, being a part of the coverage and adding to the spectacle doesn’t get any better.”
Nine’s Director of Sport Tom Malone said, “I’m delighted James is joining the Wide World of Sports family and the home of rugby league to host our NRL coverage in 2017.
“He will bring a great professionalism and enthusiasm to our broadcast and digital coverage.’’
Bracey exits SKY News after 13 years, covering Summer & Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and hosting Sportsnight for the past four years.
He begins in January.