Andy Ellis
Birth nameAndrew Michael Ellis
Date of birth (1984-02-21) 21 February 1984 (age 40)
Place of birthChristchurch, Canterbury region, New Zealand
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
SchoolBurnside High School[1]
UniversityLincoln University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Current team Rugby United New York
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Kobelco Steelers
Rugby New York
Correct as of 18 March 2022
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand Colts
New Zealand
Junior All Blacks
Barbarian F.C.
World XV
Correct as of 13 January 2021

Andrew Ellis (born 21 February 1984) is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays the position of scrum-half for Rugby New York in Major League Rugby (MLR).

He previously played for the Kobelco Steelers in Japan, the Crusaders in Super Rugby 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]

After the 2011 Rugby World Cup Ellis wasn't selected for the All Blacks Squad again until 2015 against Samoa in Apia, as Tawera Kerr-Barlow was out for the 2015 Super Rugby season and both Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara had played in the 2015 Super Rugby Final.

Personal life

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 two 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 and in 2014 a son named Arthur.

In 2018 Ellis helped launch Gravity satellite internet for rural New Zealanders with no traditional access to broadband.[11]


  1. ^ "Canterbury Player Profile". Archived from the original on 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Crusaders Player Profile".
  3. ^ "New Zealand Under-21 2005 Squad". Archived from the original on 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Crusaders lose Ellis". Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2006.
  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. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  11. ^ Jonathan Milne (25 February 2018). "World Cup winner's advice to Bill English: 'Kick the ball out when you're on top'". Retrieved 9 October 2019.