Peter Noel Kay
- 669Wallaby Number
Peter Kay was a tough, strong-armed, aggressive front row forward who was a grand and loyal servant of the Parramatta club.
The son of an English migrant, Kay was born in South Australia and educated at Evans High School in western Sydney.
In 1987 he made his debut for New South Wales, in partnership with Ewen McKenzie and future Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, in the 21-19 defeat of Queensland at Concord. The following year Kay delivered two impressive performances that pushed his name into the national selection frame. The first was in the 37-15 thumping of Queensland when he faced an all-capped Wallaby front row of Andy McIntyre, Tom Lawton and Cameron Lillicrap. The second came in the 23-12 defeat of England just a week before the second Test.
Despite Australia’s first Test, 22-16 victory over the English in Brisbane the selectors made three changes for the Sydney game with Gary Ella, Steve Lidbury and Kay brought in to replace James Grant, Julian Gardner and Rob Lawton. Australia won 28-8 and Kay played a ‘solid’ game.
Two years later Ewen McKenzie joined Phil Kearns and Tony Daly in the Wallaby front row, a position they collectively held through to the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Kay eventually retired from club rugby in 2002 after 20 uninterrupted years of service for the Two Blues.
Peter Kay played one Test for Australia and will forever be Wallaby #669.
Kay won his first Test cap as the starting loosehead prop alongside Tommy Lawton and Andy McIntyre in the 2nd Test, 28-8 victory over England at Waratah Stadium, Concord.