Although he is still to make his professional debut for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby, life is as rosy as can be at The Rec for the club’s new signing Leroy Houston.
Eight years back, the back rower born in New Zealand was one of the hottest properties in the Southern Hemisphere and Super Rugby where his performances with the Waratahs caught the eye and he was called up to tour with the Australian team at the age of 18 years. And although he has missed out on earning a senior cap with the Wallabies, he appeared for the national team at all age group levels before he switched to the Queensland Reds in 2008.
He stayed in Brisbane for three years and won the Super Rugby title in 2011 before moving to Europe and the French second division that season. Language problem hindered his progress in France and so, when the offer to join Bath Rugby came to him, he had no hesitation about his next destination. And speaking of the club, he mentioned that he absolutely loves it here in England and Bath.
He added that he was born in New Zealand and had spent much of his childhood there before moving to Australia and he has also played in France. He stated that he has seen a lot of training facilities and infrastructure all over the world but the infrastructure at Bath is by far the best he has ever seen.
When he drove into join the first day of training with Bath Rugby, Houston was mesmerized and he thought he had entered the Hogwarts of rugby players. Everything was immaculate, starting from the fields, the castle, the changing room and he has already fallen in love with the place and is looking to spend a long time at the club.