Houston ‘blacked out’ during Test debut

Date published: October 10 2016

New Wallabies back-row Leroy Houston has revealed that his Test debut was so sudden that he “blacked out” during his stint on the field.

Houston, who had to wait 11 years to win his first Wallabies cap, admitted that he remembers very little of his time on the field after he came on as a replacement in the 70th minute of Australia’s 33-21 victory over Argentina at Twickenham.

“I was like ‘what’s going on here? Give me an extra 20 minutes please,'” the 29-year-old told AAP.

“It was unbelievable. I zoned out.

“When you’re in the zone you just zone out and time just flies It was unbelievable.

“Honestly, I blacked out. I can’t remember, I just can remember Dean Mumm scoring.”

Houston, who became the 901st Wallaby, received his Test cap from Australian Rugby Union chairman Cameron Clyne couldn’t hide his delight after the match.

“I’m the happiest bloke alive at the moment,” he said.

“I will 100 percent sleep in this cap tonight, it’s been a long hard slog.

“I didn’t ever think I’d be back in this position to get back with the Wallabies.”