Leroy Houston (left) will head for France next season.
Leroy Houston (left) will head for France next season. DAVE HUNT

Former Wallabies on the move overseas

RUGBY: Three former Wallabies are set to continue their careers overseas.

Queensland Reds forward Leroy Houston has re-signed for Top 14 club Bordeaux-Begles for two years, a club where he played for one season in 2011 but left after failing to impress.

The Reds confirmed that New Zealand-born Houston had been released from the second year of his contract at his request.

"Leroy has been a great contributor to the squad this year and while he has had injury concerns to contend with through the middle part of the Super Rugby campaign, we agreed to his request for an early release on personal grounds," coach Nick Stiles said.

Meanwhile, former Wallabies hooker Saia Fainga'a will leave the Brumbies at the end of the Super Rugby season to join London Irish.

Fainga'a and twin brother Anthony, 30, returned to the Brumbies in the off-season but have failed to make a major impression on the field due to injury.

Saia, who is battling a foot problem, will stay with the Australian conference winners for the final two regular-season games and subsequent playoff games.

"A move to London Irish presents me with an exciting challenge and one which I want to make the most of," Fainga'a said.

"I've heard great things about Irish and it's certainly a forward-thinking club with big plans for the future."

Anthony Fainga'a has been released from the Brumbies has already joined up with the Kintetsu Liners, who he played with last season, in Osaka, Japan.

The former Wallaby hasn't played Super Rugby this season.

News Corp Australia


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