By Josh Bartholomew
Daily Mail rugby journalist – Will Kelleher OH (2010) – has been nominated for the Rugby Writer of the Year award by the Sports Journalists’ Association.
Kelleher, who edited the Hampton Sports Chronicle in 2010, has forged a successful career at the Daily Mail since leaving the school, travelling to a Lions Tour, multiple summer tours, as well as his first World Cup last autumn.
Kelleher said: “It was a bit of a surprise to find out I had been nominated for the SJA award this morning – but a pleasant one!
“I’ve loved covering plenty of rugby stories over the last year and was especially lucky to travel to my first World Cup last autumn.
“All three pieces I sent in for consideration were from around that tournament, so it has been kind to me.
“I doubt I’ll win it, but it’s nice to be thought of, although it does feel a little false and journalism is such a team game.
“If people did not answer my questions, their phones or WhatsApp messages, if I wasn’t allowed to cover the sport properly – backed by a superbly supportive team at the Mail – and if people were not kind with their time then nothing would get written.
“So it’s thanks to everyone else that I’m on that list!”
Kelleher has been nominated alongside Gavin Mairs, Kate Rowan (both The Telegraph), Alex Mead (Rugby Journal), Neil Squires (Daily Express), Owen Slot (The Times) and Sarah Mockford (Rugby World).
The winner will be announced in an awards ceremony on the 24th February.