Holloway re-commits to Australian Rugby through to 2025

Wed, Mar 8, 2023, 6:58 PM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Jed Holloway made his debut for the Wallabies in 2022. Photo: Getty Images
Jed Holloway made his debut for the Wallabies in 2022. Photo: Getty Images

Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs are proud to announce Jed Holloway has re-signed, keeping him in sky blue and Australian Rugby until at least the end of the 2025 season.

Wallaby number 955, the 30-year-old made his Test debut in the Wallabies gutsy win over Argentina in Mendoza last year and went on to earn 10 caps in his debut season, starting on all occasions.

Hailing from the North Coast of NSW, Holloway is a product of the state's development pathways, playing for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield and his junior football with the Yamba Buccaneers.

He also went on to represent his country at the schoolboy and under 20 level before making his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2013 as a 20-year-old.

The versatile forward, who can cover both lock and backrow positions has since made 76 appearances for the Waratahs over two stints, punctuated by a brief time playing for Toyota Verblitz in Japan.

Since returning home to NSW from Japan in 2022, Holloway has made an instant impact on the Waratahs and their resurgence in Super Rugby, recognised by winning the Matt Burke Cup at the end of last season.

Holloway's contract extension sees him become the latest player of national interest to re-sign until at least the British and Irish Lions Series in 2025.

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs forward Jed Holloway said: “For me, it was a no-brainer, I’ve loved every minute since I’ve come back from Japan, and it’s an incredibly exciting time here Waratahs and Australian Rugby."

“We made a lot of progress last year at the Waratahs and I think we’re building something special at the Wallabies as well.

“My family loves Sydney, I’m a proud New South Welshman, and with a World Cup and a home British and Irish Lions tour coming up, there is no place I’d rather be.”

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said: “Jed is an experienced Super Rugby player who is developing good leadership attributes.”

“He’s got the ability to cover the lock and backrow positions and we’ll be watching his performances for the Waratahs closely this season.”

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman said: “It’s great not just for the organisation but for Jed and his family to extend for another couple of years.”

“We all saw the impact that he had on the team last year and we’re expecting the same again from him this year.

“The mentorship and knowledge he provides our younger players in invaluable and being a member of the Wallabies leadership group last year demonstrates his value to the national set up.”

Jed Holloway

Position: Lock/Backrower

Height: 196cm

Weight: 118kg

Date of birth: 2 November 1992

Place of birth: Wollongong, Australia

Test debut: 2022 v Argentina, Mendoza

Test caps: 10

Super Rugby debut: 2013 v Western Force, Sydney

Super Rugby caps: 76

2023 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Fixtures

Wallabies v South Africa, 5:05pm SAST/1:05am AEST, Saturday 8 July at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Wallabies v Argentina, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 15 July at CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Wallabies v New Zealand, 7:45pm AEST, Saturday 29 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Wallabies v New Zealand, 2:35pm NZST/12:35pm AEST Saturday 5 August at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin