After making his debut back in 2013, Jed Holloway was quietly waiting in the wings until the time came in 2016 when he was flagged as having a huge chance to step up amongst the Tahs. And step up he did.
Holloway became an integral component of the Waratahs’ starting line-up last season, successfully making a name for himself as a strong ball-runner and potential Wallaby after a string of standout performances.
His heroics were highlighted in round four against the Highlanders when he hit the record books after crossing for the most individual tries in a match for NSW (three) as a replacement since 1882.
He added a further nine games to his previous four in 2013, but his success was unfortunately cut short after suffering a shoulder injury ahead of round 11 forcing him to the sidelines for the Super Rugby and Buildcorp NRC seasons. Despite this, as the highest ranked forward on the NSW Waratahs’ Players’ Player voting, Holloway was named as the team’s Best Forward at the Club’s end of season awards.
Whilst on the sidelines, Holloway spent his time visiting a range of organisations and rugby clubs in locations across NSW. He ended the season topping the 2016 NSW Waratahs community service time, clocking up a total of 56 hours.
His efforts were rewarded with nominations for the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) Community Service Award and the NSW Waratahs’ Waratah Medal for on and off field excellence this year.
His ongoing support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation was also recognised with an official Ambassador role. Holloway has made regular visits to the Starlight Express Room at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick after losing his cousin and close friend Liam Jerrams to leukemia. Holloway names Liam as a major role model and inspiration in his life.
The versatile forward’s ability has been thrown into the spotlight over the last two years thanks to standout performances in the Shute Shield and Buildcorp NRC.
Announced as Captain of the Greater Sydney Rams for the inaugural NRC tournament, Holloway set a brilliant example in the number eight jersey finishing amongst the top points scorers in the 2014 tournament with six tries to his name.
Holloway also captained his Southern Districts side to the Shute Shield Grand Final in 2014, before backing up with a place in the semi-finals last year. Just a few years prior in 2012, Holloway was announced as the Shute Shield Rookie of the Year.
In 2010, Holloway represented his country with the Under 20s at the Junior World Championships in South Africa and toured Samoa and New Zealand with the Australian Schoolboys.
Holloway was originally born in Wollongong, playing his first rugby with the Woonona Shamrocks club where his dad was a coach. He moved to the NSW Far North Coast when he was nine years old and joined the Yamba Buccaneers Juniors.
He is currently studying a Bachelor of Health and Movement at ACPE.