Andrew Leeds

Andrew Leeds (born 19 September 1965) is an Australian former rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. He played for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers and Wakefield Trinity in rugby league primarily as a goal-kicking fullback; and for Parramatta Two Blues and Leicester Tigers in rugby union, he represented Australia 14 times in rugby union between 1986 and 1988.

Andrew Leeds
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Jacob Leeds
Born (1965-09-19) 19 September 1965 (age 56)
Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionFull Back
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1997–1998 Leicester Tigers 6 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986–1988 Australia 14 5 43
Rugby league
PositionFullback, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–91 Parramatta Eels 44 6 82 188
1992 Penrith Panthers 19 3 41 94
1993–99 Western Suburbs 114 27 240 5 593
1995–96 Wakefield Trinity
Total 177 36 363 5 875
As of 31 March 2010
Source: [1]

Playing careerEdit

Leeds played junior rugby union with the Northmead club, Merrylands JRU and James Ruse Agricultural High School.[2]

Joining the Parramatta Two Blues, Leeds played in the 1985 and 1986 premiership winning sides, and went on to play for Sydney, New South Wales and Australia in 1986. Leeds made three tours with the Wallabies, appearing in fourteen tests, and played in the 1987 Rugby World Cup.

Converting to rugby league, Leeds joined the Parramatta Eels for the 1989 season. He spent 3 years with the Eels, but failed to perform when played at centre or five-eighth. After a year spent with the Penrith Panthers, Leeds joined Wests from 1993 onwards.

Leeds was a player with deceptive pace and skill. He was "safe, reliable and a match-winner with the boot."[3] He scored over 500 points for the Magpies, often in under-performing teams, before announcing his retirement in 1999. He is the fourth highest point-scorer for the club.

In 1997 Leeds returned to rugby union with England's Leicester Tigers, then coached by Bob Dwyer, he played 6 games for the club including 4 games in Premiership Rugby.[4]

Leeds later joined the Wests Tigers as their physiotherapist and rehab manager, and did similar unpaid work with the Two Blues[5] As of 2012, Leeds was the Wests Tigers' longest serving employee, having missed only one game since the club started in 2000.[6]


  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ "Andrew Leeds - Power Leeds". Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  3. ^ Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
  4. ^ "Andrew Leeds ESPN profile". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ John Macdonald (22 April 2009). "Leeds Loves It". Parramatta Sun. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  6. ^ Wayne Cousins. "Severe injury list not lost on Andrew Leeds". Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.


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