Former Buccaneer in Waratah lineup for Super Rugby opener
FORMER Yamba Bucaneer junior Jed Holloway has been named in the NSW Waratah side for the Super Rugby season opener against the Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday night.
A strong, ball-carrying lock with the ability to play at blindside, Holloway has been named at number eight ahead of Waratah and Wallaby veteran Wycliffe Palu.
The 23-year-old forward's versatility 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.
He was offered his first professional contract with the Waratahs and soon after made his Super Rugby debut against the Western Force in 2013.
That year he was also handed the opportunity to play for NSW against the British & Irish Lions during their once in 12 year tour to Australia.
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 North Coast when he was nine years old and joined the Yamba Buccaneers Juniors.
Holloway is currently studying a Bachelor of Health and Movement at ACPE.
He hopes to use his position as a professional player to make a difference to the work of the Leukaemia and the Starlight Foundation, after losing his cousin and close friend Liam Jerrams to the disease.
Holloway said Liam was a major role model and inspiration in his life.
Information from the NSW Waratahs website