Waiting patiently in the wings after joining the NSW Waratahs ahead of the 2015 season, Andrew Kellaway’s dream of making his Super Rugby debut came true last year when he burst onto the park in round six against the Melbourne Rebels.
The 21-year-old is one of a line-up of new energy within the Tahs 2017 squad that made his mark in Super Rugby and the Buildcorp NRC for Grand Finalists, the NSW Country Eagles.
Kellaway slotted in seamlessly to the fullback position for the Tahs after Head Coach Daryl Gibson shifted Israel Folau to the centres. Showcasing an exciting combination of speed and line breaking ability, he finished the season with two tries for his home state.
His impressive form throughout the year was rewarded when he was called upon as one of four development players to join the Wallabies Spring Tour camp, where, together with Tahs’ teammate, Jack Dempsey, he was handed an opportunity within the Wallaby XV team in their exhibition match against a French Barbarians outfit.
Kellaway is regarded as one of the top rising stars of Australian rugby, having already made a name for himself as a prolific try-scorer and with a series of outstanding performances in the Scots College First XV, Australian Schoolboys, Australian Under 20s, Randwick and the NSW Country Eagles NRC team.
Kellaway’s potential was thrust onto the stage in 2014 when he scored on debut for Randwick against Eastern Suburbs in the Shute Shield. That same year, he broke the record for the most amount of tries ever scored at a Junior World Championship, surpassing Julian Savea and Zac Guildford after crossing for 10 five-pointers at the tournament held in New Zealand.
He also topped the try scoring tally as part of the NSW Country Eagles in the inaugural Buildcorp NRC, with nine tries in seven matches.
Kellaway was part of the NSW Under 20s who won the National Championships before being named as Captain of the Australian Under 20s for the Federation Oceanic Rugby Union’s Under 20s tournament and the 2015 World Rugby Junior World Championships.
Off the field, Kellaway is studying commerce at the University of NSW and in 2016 became an official ‘Champion’ ambassador for mental health charity, beyondblue as a strong supporter of the organisation.
Last updated: 9/01/2017