Andrew Leeds

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Andrew Leeds
Personal information
Full name Andrew Jacob Leeds
Born (1965-09-19) 19 September 1965 (age 51)
Wentworthville, Australia
Playing information
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Position Fullback, Centre
Club
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
Source: RLP

Andrew Leeds is an Australian former rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. He played for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, and Wakefield Trinity primarily as a goal-kicking fullback, and has represented at national level for the Wallabies.

Playing career[edit]

Leeds played junior rugby union with the Northmead club, Merrylands JRU and James Ruse Agricultural High School.[1]

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."[2] 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.

Leeds later joined the Wests Tigers as their physiotherapist and rehab manager, and did similar unpaid work with the Two Blues[3] As of 2012, Leeds was the Wests Tigers' longest serving employee, having missed only one game since the club started in 2000.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Leeds - Power Leeds". onthisdayinsport.com. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ John Macdonald (22 April 2009). "Leeds Loves It". Parramatta Sun. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Wayne Cousins. "Severe injury list not lost on Andrew Leeds". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 

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