Ex NRL star Brett Finch faces life ban after pleading guilty to sharing child abuse material


Fallen NRL star Brett Finch faces LIFETIME BAN from footy after pleading guilty to sharing child abuse material on sex hotline answering machine

  • Finch pleaded guilty on  August 16 and will face sentencing in September
  • Prior to being charged Finch said he wanted to coach junior rugby league
  • He released a video saying he had taken up a position coaching under-16s
  • The NSWRL has slammed the door shut on that saying Finch will get a life ban 







The fallout from disgraced former NRL star Brett Finch’s guilty verdict for sharing child abuse material continues, with the 41-year-old to be banned from coaching in junior rugby league for life.

Finch pleaded guilty to disseminating child abuse material in the Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court last Tuesday.

He admitted via his lawyer Paul McGirr to a single charge of using a carriage service to share child abuse material and will face sentencing in the District Court in September. Finch faces up to 15 years in prison.

Whatever sentencing the former NRL star is handed, it appears his ambitions to be a junior rugby league coach are now over.

Before Finch was charged in December, 2021, he had expressed his ambition to coach junior football in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. 

However a NSWRL spokesman told The Sunday Telegraph that door was now closed.

‘The Working with Children Check [WWCC] is a requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in NSW,’ they said.

‘Any person convicted of child sexual offences as an adult would not be cleared to work with children.’ 

Prior to being charged, Finch had released a video online stating that he would be joining the Coogee Wombats as a junior coach in 2022. 

‘G’day guys, Brett Finch here… really excited that I am going to be a part of the Coogee Wombats under 16’s coaching staff for season 2022,’ Finch said in the video.

‘I’m really looking forward to being a part of the continued success you have already had. I hope you are training nice and hard in the off-season.

‘Any team I have been a part of, I have really enjoyed the selfless attitude, the team work ethic and a team first attitude. I’m looking forward to have that part of the team next year. It should be great fun.

‘Thank you guys for having me.

Finch announcing he will coach junior footy in 2021

Finch during his playing days for Parramatta

Finch during his playing days for Parramatta

Finch announces he will coach junior footy in 2021 [left] and playing for the Parramatta Eels

‘I know I am going to work as hard as I can to help you guys be the best players and the best team you can. I’m certainly looking forward to you guys helping me as much as I can improve as a coach as well.

‘Really looking forward to 2022, go the mighty Wombats and I’ll see you at training soon.’

At the time Coogee Wombats president Scott Bramham said there was no official link between Finch and the club.

‘He hasn’t registered to be a coach at our club, and as far as I know he hasn’t done a level one coaching course at our club,’ he said.