Houston ‘blacked out’ during Wallaby debut

Leroy Houston’s Wallaby debut was such a whirlwind that the No.8 says he “blacked out” for the 10-minute stint.

Having waited 11 years for this moment, Houston admits he barely remembers a second of it after being called on by coach Michael Cheika in the 70th minute.

He came on, can recall an Argentinian lineout and the runaway intercept try to great friend Dean Mumm which sealed the match – and the final whistle.

“I was like ‘what’s going on here? Give me an extra 20 minutes please,'” the 29-year-old beamed after the match.

“It was unbelievable. I zoned out.

“When you’re in the zone you just zone out and time just flies It was unbelievable.

“Honestly, I blacked out. I can’t remember, I just can remember Dean Mumm scoring.”

Wallaby No.901 was presented with his Test cap after the match by ARU chairman Cameron Clyne.

He had no plans to remove it late on Saturday night when speaking with reporters, said he was the happiest man on the planet and was contemplating a tattoo to commemorate his memorable debut.

“I’m the happiest bloke alive at the moment,” he said.

“I will 100 per cent sleep in this cap tonight, it’s been a long hard slog.

“I didn’t ever think I’d be back in this position to get back with the Wallabies.”

Houston now has his eyes set on Cheika’s Spring Tour squad, but first has to wade through a mountain of Facebook messages from friends and family.

He also had Bath teammates Matt Banahan, Matt Garvey and Kane Palma-Newport in the crowd.

“After the game I ran over and gave them a big hug because they’ve been there for the last three years for me and they put through the pedigree I can play for the Wallabies,” he said.

“I’d love to go on the Spring Tour but you know it’s up to Cheik and the coaching staff. I’d definitely put my hand up.”

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