Jason Costigan

Jason Costigan brings a wealth of experience as our first-choice lead commentator, having previously broadcast Rugby League at the highest level on TV including NRL, Four Nations and World Cup.

In fact, in the 2000s, his work could be heard regularly on Sky Sport in New Zealand where he was the voice of Rugby League for a decade, plus Fox in Australia and occasionally, on Sky Sports in the UK.

For the man they call ‘Costo’, it all began as a 16-year-old when he was still at school, commentating for his local TV station, now part of Australia’s Seven Network.

By the time he was 20, Costo was commentating on Malcolm Reilly’s Great Britain Lions on tour in Australia – this time for the Nine Network’s regional affiliate in Queensland.

At 23, he debuted as an NRL commentator, calling the North Queensland Cowboys on TV including their first win in what was then the Winfield Cup.

By the time he was 25, Costo had swapped the north of the Sunshine State for the north of England where he called Super League on local radio for the Pulse of West Yorkshire.

Costo has also broadcast NRL on radio in Australia with what is now part of the Triple M network in his native North Queensland and across the Tasman, where he is fondly remembered, on Sports Entertainment New Zealand (SENZ).

An advocate of the international game for more than three decades, Costo has called almost 50 Tests or internationals including the 2008 World Cup Final and 2010 Four Nations Final for Sky (NZ).

Since 2021, Costo has not only commentated on NRL but also grand finals in Fiji, Ireland, Serbia and Ukraine, plus various international fixtures.

This includes Ukraine v Russia in Belgrade, four months before the Russians invaded Ukraine!

In 2022, Costo’s dulcet tones were heard on Australia’s Kayo for the first time when he called the Fijian Cup 9s tournament which was also LIVE on Sky NZ, and locally, on Fiji1.

All up, Costo has broadcast the game in 11 countries across four continents, most recently last November in South Africa where he was behind the microphone in Pretoria as the Rhinos entertained Kenya.

Costo is also proud to have broadcast wheelchair footy, calling the first-ever State of Origin game in Sydney.

He dedicated it to an cousin who fought in WWII and Korea where he was badly wounded, confining him to a wheelchair for the next 50 years.

Costo later commentated on wheelchair rugby league in the UK, broadcasting Wales v Scotland in a friendly at Wrexham.

His love for the international game can be traced back to the 1980s when, as a schoolboy, he watched the touring Lions and Kiwis at various places in Queensland, namely what was then Lang Park, Toowoomba, Cairns, Gympie and Mackay.

In fact, after seeing Martin Offiah light up Barlow Park with four tries against North Queensland, Costo credits ‘Chariots’ with his decision to follow a childhood dream to be a rugby league commentator and writer.

To achieve this, he became a cadet journalist straight out of high school, learning his craft on the job with News Corp.

After doing police, court, council and local rugby league rounds, Costo’s first international came via the French on their 1990 tour when he was 19, reporting for the biggest newspaper in Northern Australia.

By then, he had already emerged as an up-and-coming correspondent for Rugby League Week and he would later become a sub-editor for the iconic magazine in Sydney.

In between, Costo worked as a news presenter and or journalist for various TV networks including Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS.

The Catholic son of a multilingual Muslim immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, Costo unashamedly considers himself the game’s most culturally-diverse caller.

For the record, Costo’s sisters have Maltese or Albanian heritage, his father once lived as far afield as Latin America and the Pacific and almost became a Papua New Guinea citizen and his stepmother comes from North Macedonia.

Costo’s cousin, former NRL star Neville Costigan, was born in PNG and after representing Queensland in State of Origin, captained the Kumuls at the 2013 World Cup.

Costo also has family on the Asian side of Turkey, plus cousins across Europe.

When he’s not preparing for a game or broadcasting it, Costo is trying to improve his French, in addition to a new-found interest in Arabic after last year meeting with players, coaches and officials in Morocco!

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