Chris Houston (rugby league)

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Chris Houston
Houston playing for the Knights in 2009.
Personal information
Nickname Howzo[1]
Born (1985-02-15) 15 February 1985 (age 32)
Narooma, New South Wales, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Second-row, Lock, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007 St. George Illawarra Dragons 16 0 0 0 0
2008–15 Newcastle Knights 160 27 0 0 108
2016– Widnes Vikings 21 2 0 0 8
Total 197 29 0 0 116
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011 NSW Country 1 0 0 0 0
As of 1 December 2015

Chris Houston (born 15 February 1985) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Widnes Vikings in the Super League. He plays at second-row, lock and prop and previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Narooma, New South Wales, Houston played his junior football for the Narooma Devils before being signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons. Houston played for the Dragons' Premier League reserve-grade team in 2006.[2]

In Round 3 of the 2007 NRL season, Houston made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the North Queensland Cowboys.

In 2007, Houston signed a contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2008.

In Round 13 of the 2008 NRL season, Houston made his first appearance as a captain due to Knights regular captain Kurt Gidley and vice-captain Steve Simpson being unavailable for the match.

In March 2010, Houston was served with a notice to attend court on charges of supplying ecstasy and cocaine.[3] He voluntarily terminated his contract with the Knights.[4]

On 17 December 2010, Houston was cleared of all charges[5]

On 23 December 2010, due to being cleared of all charges, Houston signed a new 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2011.[6]

On 31 July 2012, Houston re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract.[1]

Houston made 992 tackles in the 2012 season, averaging over 41 tackles a game, the most of any player in the National Rugby League.[7]

On 31 October 2014, Houston re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract.[8]

On 2 December 2015, Houston signed a 2-year contract with Super League side Widnes Vikings starting in 2016, after being told he was free to look elsewhere by incoming Knights coach Nathan Brown.[9]

Representative career[edit]

In 2009, Houston was named 18th man for New South Wales in Game 3 of the 2009 State of Origin series, however he didn't play.

In 2011, Houston played for Country against City in the annual City vs Country Origin match.


  1. ^ a b Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Proudman, Dan (1 March 2010). "Knights' Chris Houston to face drug supply charges". Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Latest rugby league news and rumours". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Chris Houston cleared of drug charges | Newcastle Herald". 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Brett Keeble (14 May 2013). "Bennett wields the axe as star duo dropped". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Knights sign trio - Knights". Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Houston joins Widnes Vikings from Newcastle Knights | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 

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