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Wallabies Rookie of the Year Andrew Kellaway has re-signed with the Melbourne Rebels and Wallabies until the end of 2024.
The 26-year-old spent spells in England and Japan before returning to Australia with the Rebels and was rewarded with a first cap last season, scoring nine international tries.
The news came hours after he was named to make his season debut against the Brumbies for the ailing Rebels, who were beaten for the third time in three by Fijian Drua last weekend.
Kellaway, who suffers from a foot injury, made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2016, playing 22 games in blue skies before spells in Northampton (UK), Manuka Counties (New Zealand ) and the NEC Green Rockets (Japan). .
He joined Melbourne in 2020 and scored eight tries in 22 appearances for the club.
“It was an easy decision to stay in Melbourne and continue to represent this great club,” Kellaway said in a statement.
“It’s been a whirlwind for me personally, and I’m hugely grateful for the opportunity the Rebels gave me to return to Super Rugby last season and really excited about what we can achieve together in the future.
“I feel like Melbourne is my home now and I can’t thank the players, staff and supporters for welcoming me with open arms. I look forward to adding as much value on and off as possible. land over the next three years.
“The same can be said for what is happening with the Wallabies under Dave Rennie. I really enjoyed my first season of Test Rugby and I’m really motivated to build on that experience and continue to grow as a player, especially with a Rugby World Cup on the horizon.
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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “Andrew is a top man and mature rugby player who has quickly become an important member of our crowd on and off the pitch.”
“His journey to becoming Wallaby is well documented and a new contract rewards his confidence, determination and hard work.
“We have all seen the impact he was able to make in his first year at Test level and his work ethic and professionalism will ensure that he continues to put himself in the best position to do so in the future. “