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Leroy Houston, (born 10 November 1986) is an Australian professional rugby union player. He currently plays for Union Bordeaux Bègles in the Top 14. He played for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby and previously played in France, in the Pro D2 for US Colomiers, before playing for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership.

Leroy Houston
Birth nameLeroy Houston
Date of birth (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 32)
Place of birthLevin, New Zealand
Height191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight117 kg (18 st 6 lb)
SchoolAsquith Boys High School [1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number Eight
Youth Career
  Beecroft
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2011–12
2012–13
2013–16
2017-
Ballymore Tornadoes
Bordeaux
Colomiers
Bath Rugby

Bordeaux
7
19
18
91
9
(5)
(0)
(5)
(70)
(5)
Correct as of 21 February 2015
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–06
2008–11,
2016–pres.
New South Wales
Queensland
Reds

48

(10)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2016–pres.
Australia A
Australia

1

(0)
Correct as of 8 October 2016

Early lifeEdit

Houston was born in Levin, New Zealand and spent his early years in Shannon before moving to Australia with his family in 2000. Houston was educated at Asquith Boys High School in Sydney.

CareerEdit

Houston originally played for the New South Wales Waratahs from 2005 where he was picked to tour with the Wallabies, he also played for Australia A before playing a Super 14 game.

Houston took time off from rugby in 2007 and eventually decided to sign with the Queensland Reds for the 2008 Super 14 season,[2] receiving the Rookie of the Year Award. Houston made his debut for Queensland in a pre-season trial against his old club the Waratahs.

In February 2013, it was announced that Houston would join English Premiership side Bath Rugby from US Colomiers for the 2013/14 season.[3]

Houston Left Bath to re-join Queensland Reds in the Summer of 2016 with hopes of furthering his international career.[4] Following the end of the Reds season Houston resigned for Bath on a short-term deal.[5] Houston scored the final try in his first match back for Bath, a 37–22 victory over Worcester Warriors.[6]

InternationalEdit

In 2016, Houston was named in the Wallabies preliminary 39-man squad for the 2016 series against England after it was announced that he would be returning to the Queensland Reds,[7] but he had to wait another four months until October that year to make his test debut, coming off the bench to replace Lopeti Timani against Argentina in London for the final match of the 2016 Rugby Championship.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Queensland Reds Profile". Queensland Rugby. 2008. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Reds sign Houston". Television New Zealand. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  3. ^ "BBC Bath Sign Leroy Houston".
  4. ^ "Leroy Houston: Bath forward leaves club to rejoin Super Rugby's Queensland Reds". BBC Sport. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Leroy Houston: Bath re-sign back-rower on short-term deal". BBC Sport. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ Association, Press (17 September 2016). "Leroy Houston makes dream return as Bath battle back to beat Worcester". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  7. ^ Hodge survives first Wallabies cut
  8. ^ "Two interception tries help Australia beat Argentina". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 8 October 2016. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.

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