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Byron Kelleher : biography

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Byron Terrance Kelleher (born 3 December 1976 in Dunedin, New Zealand) is a rugby union scrum-half who currently plays for Stade Français in the French Top 14, and has played 57 tests for the All Blacks. He went to Otago Boys' High School, and originally played for Otago in the NPC and the Highlanders in the Super 14, moving north in 2004 to play for Waikato and the Chiefs. He is 1.75m tall and weighs 95 kg. He was New Zealand's Super 12 Player of the Year in 1999. After meeting in 2005 Kelleher began a high profile relationship with pornography star Kaylani Lei, which ended in June 2006.

Kelleher had signed a contract to play for Agen in the Top 14 after the 2007 Rugby World Cup; however, the club's relegation to the second-level Rugby Pro D2 after the 2006–07 Top 14 season caused the contract to be cancelled. Kelleher went on to sign with traditional Top 14 powers Toulouse, effective with the end of the Rugby World Cup. He won the "Bouclier de Brennus" (the French Rugby Union Title) in the 2007–08 Top 14 season with Stade Toulousain, and was elected by the Top 14 players as the season's best player.

In 2010, he was selected in the French Barbarians squad to play Tonga on 26 November.

Kelleher scoring a try for Toulouse against BiarritzHe is known as an unpredictable and unorthodox halfback, with his speed and strength, sometimes preferring to run with the ball and make line-breaks rather than passing the ball after rucks and mauls.

Byron Kelleher is a close friend of the Prince and Princess of Monaco. He was one of the guests at the couple's wedding in July 2011.

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