Having traversed the world with his rugby boots, Andrew Kellaway has graced some of the world’s most famous rugby pitches in his time.
However, a game at Twickenham in 2018 stands out above all other matches.Hear from Andrew as he explains why this match was such a moving occasion for him.
My most memorable game so far during my career was for the Northampton Saints against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham in 2018.
It was the testimonial match in honour of Rob Horne who suffered a career ending injury in the same fixture the year before.
Rob was a great friend and mentor of mine and not only was it special to be able to play in a game that was dedicated to him, I started the game at outside centre wearing his number 13 jersey which he presented to me in the change rooms before the game.
What do you remember about the build-up to the game?
It was such an emotional build up during the week. A lot of the players selected for the game were playing the year before when Rob was injured so there was certainly some feeling behind the preparation.
Rob flew over from Sydney, so we all spent a lot of time with him during the week sitting down for dinner and coffee.
Pregame was quiet and very emotional with Rob being alongside in the change rooms with us. It was a surreal feeling.
What was the turning point in the match?
We gave away a penalty for offside in front of the kicker on a cross-field kick that we caught and would’ve scored from. That was a big turning point.
Which teammate earned your man of the match vote and why?
Luther Burrell was Man of the Match as far as I was concerned. Manu Tuilagi was playing 13 for Tigers and it was pouring with rain.
He spent the whole game steaming down the 12 channel and Luther spent all game nullifying Tuilagi.
How did you celebrate afterwards?
Not so much celebrating but we all got together and had a beer in the change rooms before we headed up to the after match function where a lot of Rob’s ex-teammates and guys I played with or watched growing up were there to support, which was a special moment.