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Andrew Leeds is an Australian former rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in 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.

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Playing career

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

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." 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 As of 2012, Leeds was the Wests Tigers' longest serving employee, having missed only one game since the club started in 2000.

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Andrew Leeds Wikipedia


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