Holloway seals NSW Waratahs return

Jed Holloway is grateful for the chance to return to the NSW Waratahs fold.
Jed Holloway is grateful for the chance to return to the NSW Waratahs fold.

The NSW Waratahs have continued their recruitment drive, luring versatile forward Jed Holloway back to Sydney on a two-year Super Rugby deal.

Holloway, with 58 NSW caps, left the Waratahs at the end of the 2020 season and spent the past year in Japan playing alongside former teammate and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper at Toyota Verblitz.

The 28-year-old said he was grateful for the chance to return to his home state and is excited to link up with new head coach Darren Coleman.

"Ever since I started playing rugby, I wanted to be a Waratah. The team gave me a huge opportunity 10 years ago and I'm extremely grateful that they are willing to take another chance on me now," Holloway said.

"Both the Waratahs and myself have a lot to prove next year but I believe we have all the pieces to make it happen.

"I learned a lot from some great people in Japan and I'm excited to join the team and start putting that together.

"DC (Coleman) has nothing but success on his record, he is a proven culture builder."

Holloway's re-signing follows the Waratahs' retention this week of exciting backs Alex Newsome, Mark Nawaqanitawase and Lalakai Foketi.

Foketi and vice-captain Newsome will remain until at least the end of the 2022 season, with Nawaqanitawase recommitting for a further two years.

Australian Associated Press