Tyson Keats

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Tyson Keats
Date of birth (1981-06-06) 6 June 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Welsh
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Nelson Bays

Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)

Tyson Keats (born 6 June 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union player who last played for London Welsh in the English Premiership. His position of choice is halfback.

Keats is currently playing club rugby for the New Brighton club in Christchurch, New Zealand.[1]

He previously played for Italian club Aironi, Nelson Bays, Taranaki and Canterbury in the ITM Cup. Keats also played in the Super Rugby competition representing the Hurricanes and the Crusaders respectively.


In 2013 Keats was part of a frustrating problem involving his passport which resulted in London Welsh being relegated. Keats described it as "the toughest time of his career".

In March of 2013 the club were found guilty of playing Keats for 10 games illegally while he held a fake English passport. Thus, five league points were removed which killed their chances of survival in the Premiership. The club was also fined over $30,000 NZD.[2]

Former manager Mike Scott was found fully responsible and was banned from any participation in rugby for life.[3]

Upon moving from Aironi his agent asked Scott if Keats should return to New Zealand to sort out his visa but Scott assured it would be taken care of in England.

Keats found out he was Ineligible to play on the season opening match. The next week Keats was then told he was "fine" and it was all sorted.

Further investigation by the new manager discovered that Scott had incorrectly stated Keats was from Christchurch, Dorset apose to Christchurch in New Zealand. This was all amongst a rush to field Keats as soon as possible.[2][4]


While playing for Canterbury Keats owned an exterior plastering and painting business but when he made the move to the Hurricanes he was forced to sell it.[4]


  1. ^ "New Brighton feature Tyson Keats". Stuff. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Tyson Keats: London Welsh re-sign registration row scrum-half". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Rees, Paul (2013-03-08). "Mike Scott gets RFU life ban over faked copy of Tyson Keats' passport". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Tyson Keats EXCLUSIVE – I felt like a black sheep but it wasn't my fault | The Rugby Paper". www.therugbypaper.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 

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