- 23 Age
- 122kg Weight
- 189cm Height
A powerfully framed, New Zealand-born hooker, Jordan Uelese had rugby in his blood from a young age. Uelese was just two, and not yet out of nappies, when he suited up for the Oriental Rongotai RFC’s U6s alongside All Black #1147 Ardie Savea. The fourth of five boys, Uelese grew up in Wellington and idolised the late, great Jerry Collins before the family moved to Melbourne in 2008.
In 2017, his first season of senior football, Uelese had played just 28 minutes of Super Rugby for the Rebels in three brief stints off the bench before he was plucked from relatively public obscurity and into the 2017 Wallaby squad. Injury cruelled his 2018 season however a successful return to Super Rugby with the Rebels in 2019 saw Uelese earn selection to his first Rugby World Cup.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the tenth-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Georgia where he played in all five matches. Uelese won his first Test cap off the bench when starting hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau temporarily left the field in just the 18th minute of the 23-23, 1st Test draw with South Africa at nib Stadium.
He picked up a second replacement cap, and his first international try, one week later in the 45-20, 1st Test victory over Argentina in Canberra.
Uelese was named in the Wallaby squad for the opening Test of the home series against Ireland. Tragically he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee playing for the Rebels against Auckland the weekend before the first Irish Test and as a result missed the entire international season.
He earned seven caps throughout the season, six as a replacement hooker with his lone start coming against Samoa in Sydney.