Yvonne Sampson to co-host NRL 360

Yvonne Sampson to co-host with Paul Kent, following the departure of Ben Ikin.

Yvonne Sampson will join NRL 360 as co-hosting with Paul Kent from today, following the departure of Ben Ikin.

FOX Sports Executive Director, Steve Crawley, said: “Ben is very hard to replace. He is recognised as a voice of reason, youngest ever Origin player, played for Australia and you’d have to walk a long way to find someone that doesn’t like Ben Ikin, and Vonnie is the same.

“I watch people’s reactions to Vonnie and she is one of the very few prominent television people who isn’t criticised. I’m sure there has been some critical comment here and there – that’s life. She is very well accepted and that’s because of the way she presents herself on television. There is no tokenism. She is as authentic as there is. She’s earnt a place in the top bracket of Australian sportscasters.

“This is a big gig NRL 360 – it’s the show for rugby league people. I’m not talking about just pay television but free to air and radio. There is no better rugby league show for the purists and people who live and know the game than NRL 360.”

Sampson joined FOX League in 2017. She began her career on the Sunshine Coast with Seven Local News, before Sky News, Nine News in Brisbane and Nine in Sydney where she hosted NRL and State of Origin.

Regulars Lara Pitt, Phil Rothfield, Ray Hadley, James Hooper, Paul Crawley, Benji Marshall and James Graham will all remain on the program.

6:30pm tonight on FOX League.

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