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Kay was born in Liverpool, the son of High Court Judge Sir John William Kay (1943 — 2004), which later earned him the nickname "M'lud". He played for his school (Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby) and for Waterloo Rugby Club, also based in Crosby.
He joined Leicester Tigers in 1999 and first played during the world cup, with Tiger's normal locks Martin Johnson and Fritz van Heerden away with England and South Africa respectively. With the help of Johnson and van Heerden, he developed his game becoming a highly-rated middle line-out jumper, like van Heerden.
During the 2003 World Cup final against Australia, Kay famously knocked-on (dropped the ball forwards) in a try-scoring position when a try would have almost ceratinly meant an England win. Fortunately for him England won regardless.
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