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The Voice: My Life

by Ray Warren

Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren is the legendary voice of Australian sports commentary. People tell him he must have drunk a bottle of scotch and smoked a packet of cigarettes every day to have the voice that he has. That’s not the case – at least not anymore…. The son of a railway worker, Ray placed his first bet on a horse called Playboy at the age of just six, and won. A lifelong love of the track – and the punt – was born. During his remarkable career, which has now spanned almost five decades, Ray has called three Melbourne Cups, Commonwealth and Olympic Games swimming, and countless rugby league matches alongside his mates Fatty, Sterlo and Gus.

In this book, Ray reveals theman behind the microphone. He speaks of the great highs and devastating lows of his career, life and battle with prostate cancer, in the same way he calls every sporting event: with great passion, colour and candour.


‘It’s not the vision that sells this game. It’s not just the amazing feats of these mighty players. It’s the way Ray  Warren calls the action. The sense of theatre  he brings to the call. Ray makes the game better. He brings it to life in lounge rooms all over the country. Ray Warren is the voice of rugby league.’ Phil Gould

‘I loved rugby league growing up in Sydney … and you can’t talk rugby league without talking Ray Warren. They are synonymous.’  Hugh Jackman



About Ray Warren

Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren is one of the most experienced sports broadcasters in Australia. The son of a railway worker, he began calling racing and rugby league in country NSW in 1966, and worked for several radio stations and Channel Ten before joining the Nine Network in 1989. In addition to being the doyen of rugby league commentators, he is ‘the voice of the pool’ and has broadcast Commonwealth and Olympic Games swimming, most recently at London 2012.  


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