Andrew Kellaway returns to NSW Waratahs after signing Australian Rugby extension

Thu, Jun 20, 2024, 8:44 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson

Wallabies outside back Andrew Kellaway has confirmed he will join the NSW Waratahs after signing an extension until the end of 2026.

Kellaway made his debut for the Waratahs in 2016 before heading across the world to expand his Rugby knowledge.

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This included stints in the UK, New Zealand, and Japan before experiencing a breakout year with the Melbourne Rebels in 2021, earning a Wallabies debut.

Since then, Kellaway has been a mainstay of the gold jersey, appearing in 26 Tests as well as serving as part of the leadership team at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank the Rebels for giving me the opportunity to return to Australian Rugby back in 2020, something I’m incredibly grateful for. I’d also like to thank my teammates, the staff and Rebels fans for the experiences and support over the past four seasons," Kellaway said in a statement.

“To be able to return to the Waratahs after six years feels like a full circle for my Rugby journey and I look forward to working hard for the club next year.”

Kellaway is expected to play a major part in the 2024 Test season, with the Wallabies squad set to be announced on Friday.

“It’s really positive to have Andrew re-commit to Australian Rugby," Rugby Australia Director of High-Performance Peter Horne said

“He’s a leader amongst his peers and someone who has performed consistently for both his club and his country for a number of seasons.”

“We’re delighted to have a player of Andrew’s calibre returning home to NSW," NSW Waratahs CEO Paul Doorn added.

“Andrew is a Waratahs junior and current Wallaby who will add class, experience, strike power and versatility to our backline in 2025.”

Kellaway joins a Waratahs backline filled with explosive talent that includes teenage sensation Max Jorgensen, NRL recruit Joseph Suaalii and Australia A and 2023 Wallabies squad member Dylan Pietsch.

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