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Bath number eight Leroy Houston rejoins Queensland Reds

Bath have confirmed Leroy Houston's departure from the club to rejoin Queensland Reds.

Houston has decided to return to Super Rugby, where he won a title with the Reds in 2011, in the hope of playing Test rugby for the Wallabies and he has been named in the squad to face England this summer.

The 29-year-old number eight made 89 appearances in his three seasons at Bath.

"This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me - I have loved every minute of playing for Bath," Houston told the official club website.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the club for making my time here so enjoyable, and for their understanding in allowing me to leave to pursue my international ambitions.

"Getting the opportunity to represent my country has always been an ambition of mine, and getting the chance to realise that is the only reason that I would even consider leaving Bath."

First team-coach Toby Booth said: "Leroy has been fantastic in his time at Bath, and we're really sad to see him go.

"We'd all love to see him achieve his aim of playing for Australia."

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