NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Andrew Ryan of the Bulldogs makes a break during the round 12 NRL match between between the Newcastle Knights and the Bulldogs at EnergyAustralia Stadium on May 31, 2009 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Andrew Ryan played 290 games across 12 seasons with both the Eels and the Bulldogs, with 2018 of those coming for Canterbury between 2003-11.

In just his second season with the Dogs, Ryan captained his side to the 2004 premiership, with regular captain Steve Price ruled out after suffering an injury in the preliminary final.

Ryan was then selected to play for Australia soon after, and played 11 games for the Kangaroos in his career.

The forward also played 12 times for New South Wales in State of Origin, and won two series'.

He was named as the Dally M Captain of the Year in 2009, and scored 118 tries over his 290-game career.

To keep up with Ryan post his football career, you can follow him on Twitter at @bobcat_ryan.

Ryan spoke to us during the week, and gave us his tips and predictions for round eight of the NRL season.

Wednesday, April 25

Dragons vs Roosters

Allianz Stadium, 4.10pm

"It's a tough one to start with, but I think the Roosters this week. I think they've just got so many big game players in big moments, so I expect the Roosters in a very tight one."

Tip: Roosters by 4

Storm vs Warriors

AAMI Park, 7.00pm

"Another extremely tough game, but I'm going to run with the Storm, I just think at home, even though they haven't been in great form, I expect them to have a polished performance this week."

Tip: Storm by 6

Thursday, April 26

Rabbitohs vs Broncos

ANZ Stadium, 7.50pm

"I'm thinking the Rabbitohs at home this week, I just think they've found a heap of form. Damien Cook's been playing well, so I'll back the Rabbits."

Tip: Rabbitohs by 6

Friday, April 27

Sea Eagles vs Knights

Lottoland, 6.00pm

"Another tough one, gee there's some tough tips this week! I'm going to go with Manly just for the simple fact that they struggled last week, and I think they'll improve their performance this week. Mitchell Pearce might hurt [Newcastle] for a week or two at least."

Tip: Sea Eagles by 8

Panthers vs Bulldogs

Panthers Stadium, 7.50pm

"I'm going to go with the Bulldogs this week. I think they fought hard against the Roosters last week, and if they continue with that attack they'll get the win."

Tip: Bulldogs by 4

Saturday, April 28

Titans vs Sharks

Cbus Super Stadium, 5.30pm

"I think the Sharks, I reckon they'll get a heap of confidence out of last week and get the win."

Tip: Sharks by 10 

Cowboys vs Raiders

1300SMILES Stadium, 7.30pm

"I think the same with the Cowboys, they'll get a heap of confidence out of last week and I think they'll finally start to get into a bit of a groove."

Tip: Cowboys by 8

Sunday, April 29

Eels vs Wests Tigers

ANZ Stadium, 4.10pm

"Tigers I think. They had a bit of an off week last week, so I think they'll bounce back in a tight one."

Tip: Tigers by 4

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