Andrew Ellis

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Andy Ellis
Full name Andrew Michael Ellis
Date of birth (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Christchurch, Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
School Burnside High School [1]
University Lincoln University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
New Zealand No. 1068
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2014– Kobe Steelers 9 (0)
correct as of 26 January 2015.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–14 Canterbury 73 (114)
correct as of 26 October 2013.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006 – Crusaders 134 (129)
Current local club University, Christchurch
correct as of 8 May 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– New Zealand 28 (20)
correct as of 14 April 2012.

Andrew "Andy" Ellis (born 21 February 1984) is a New Zealand rugby union player who specialises in the position of scrum-half. He currently plays for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby league and Canterbury in provincial rugby.[2]


In 2005 Ellis played in the New Zealand under-21 side.[3] His Super 14 rookie year saw him oust All Black Kevin Senio from the Crusaders starting line-up. Ellis missed the 2006 Super 14 Final after sustaining a knee injury in the semi-final against the Bulls.[4][5]

Although injury meant Ellis was unavailable for the 2006 All Blacks tests against Ireland and Argentina,[6] he was later named to make his All Black debut against England at Twickenham.[7] For the 2007 Rugby World Cup Ellis was selected ahead of Wellington halfback Piri Weepu.[citation needed]

In 2013 Ellis joined Classic Hits FM Christchurch's breakfast show.

Ellis wasn't selected for the All Blacks Squad after the World Cup in 2011. He continued to play for the Crusaders Rugby Team and played 45+ games since then. He has been tipped as a 3rd Halfback for the 2015 Rugby World Cup with Tawera Kerr Barlow out for 9 months.

Personal life[edit]

Ellis attended Burnside High School from 1997 to 2001. [8][9]

He is the eldest of three children to Sue and Greg Ellis. He has 2 siblings, Amanda and Simon.

Ellis married his wife, Emma Bainbridge in 2007, after a seven-year relationship.[10] In December 2009 they had a daughter, Scarlett.


  1. ^ "Canterbury Player Profile". 
  2. ^ "Crusaders Player Profile". 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Under-21 2005 Squad". 
  4. ^ "Crusaders lose Ellis". 
  5. ^ "Crusaders lose Ellis for Super 14 final". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Henry not talking World Cup yet". 
  7. ^ "One newcomer in ABs squad". One Sport. TVNZ. 22 October 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  8. ^ O’Connor, Paul (2009). Choosing the Right Path: Burnside High School 1960-2010. Christchurch: Silver Fox Publishing. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-473-15685-5. 
  9. ^ Leggat, David (19 May 2006). "Canterbury's matador". The New Zealand Herald. APN Holdings NZ. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "All Black Andrew Ellis' Seventh-Year Hitch". New Idea. 

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