Kelly grew up at the rugby pitch watching his dad play for Dallas RFC, better known as the Dallas Reds. He began playing at 11 years old and at 16 joined the Reds. Kelly played for Texas Rugby Union U19, 2003 North America West Indies Rugby Association (NAWIRA), and USA U19 2002-2004. He played in the 2003 USA versus Canada in the Rugby World Cup Championship Qualifier and in 2004 in a qualifier against Guyana.
Continuing to build his career, he played in the IRB U19 World Championship in 2003 and 2004 and was selected MVP for the USA U19 World Championship tournament. Through the years, Kelly was part of the 2002 and 2003 Texas Select Side, 2003 and 2004 West 15s side, and 2004 and 2007 West 7s.
Kelly then moved to Dunedin, New Zealand. Here, he played for Harbour RFC’s 1st XV side from 2005-2009 with a short break playing for Eagle 7s pool in 2007. He has taken part in many 7 tournaments including Republic of Texas 7s, Rugbytown 7s, the 2010 Atlantis to play in the Havana 7’s in Cuba, Tiger 7s tours to the Central Coast 7s in Australia, Shanghai 7s and twice in the Cancun 7s.
During his time with the Dallas Reds from 2010-2016, Kelly helped the club to many USA 15s Nationals. In 2019, Kelly joined the Houston SaberCats as a team reserve. Kelly was born and raised in Dallas and is very excited to get the opportunity to represent his home city. “Playing the sport I love in the city I love is a dream come true,” Kelly said.
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