Andrew "Andy" Ellis
(born 1984) is a New Zealand rugby union
player who specializes in the position of scrum-half. He currently plays for the Crusaders
in the Super Rugby
league and Canterbury
in provincial rugby.
Ellis had the honour of being selected for the New Zealand U21 side. His rookie year in the Super 14 saw him oust All Black Kevin Senio
from the Crusaders starting line-up. Ellis was unable to play in the 2006 Super 14 Final
after injuring himself in the semi-final against the Bulls
. Ellis was unavailable for selection through injury for the 2006 mid-year tests for the All Blacks
. He has often been compared to former New Zealand and Canterbury half-back Justin Marshall
due to his long blonde hair.
Ellis was named in the All Blacks 2006 End of year tour squad, and made his All Blacks debut against England at Twickenham. Ellis was a surprise selection for the Rugby World Cup 2007
, announced 22 July 2007. He was selected ahead of Wellington halfback Piri Weepu
Ellis attended Burnside High School
Andy Ellis married his wife, Emma Bainbridge in 2007, after a seven year relationship. In December 2009 they had a daughter, Scarlett.
Andy is the eldest of three children to Sue and Greg Ellis. He is 2 years older than his sister, Amanda Ellis. Andy has a younger brother, who is the youngest of the three children, Simon.