‘I owe everything to Eddie Jones’ – Houston

Date published: June 1 2016

Wallabies back-row Leroy Houston has revealed the important role England head coach Eddie Jones played in helping him to become a professional rugby player.

The 29-year-old, who was recently named in the Wallabies squad, is keen to thank Jones during the upcoming three-Test series against England as the former Australia and Japan head coach brought him back from the rugby wilderness while coaching the Reds in 2008.

This after Houston, who originally played for the Waratahs from 2005 and picked to tour with the Wallabies that same year, had taken time off from rugby in 2007.

"I’d probably be a scaffolder or labourer now if not for Eddie because I was too immature to be a professional footballer in my teens," Houston told the Courier Mail.

"I owe everything to Eddie and the leap of faith he took giving me a second chance but he’d already moved on from the Reds when I arrived for 2008.

"I’ve never got to thank him face-to-face so I’ll go looking for him when England come to town."

Houston previously represented Australia A, was selected as an 18-year-old to tour Europe with the Wallabies in 2005 under Jones, and won a Super Rugby title with the Reds in 2011.

He spent the past three seasons with Premiership club Bath but has returned to Australia where he will resume his career at the Reds.