Waratahs lure former attacker back from Japan

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

Holloway, who has 58 NSW caps, left the Waratahs at the end of the 2020 season and spent the past year in Japan, playing with 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 connect with new head coach Darren Coleman.

“Ever since I started playing rugby, I wanted to become a Waratah. The team gave me a huge opportunity ten years ago and I’m extremely grateful that they want to take another chance on me now,” said Holloway.

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

“I’ve learned a lot from some great people in Japan and I’m excited to join and build the team.

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

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

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

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