Pat Howard

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Patrick William Howard, usually known as Pat Howard or Paddy Howard (born 14 November 1973) is an ex-head coach at Leicester Tigers and a former Australian rugby union international who played centre or fly-half. He was educated at Queensland University.

He was born in Sydney. His father Jake Howard played prop for Australia and his grandfather Cyril Towers also played centre for the Wallabies.

Playing career

He started his career playing for the University of Queensland Football club. Studying pharmacy at the University he was a recipient of a prestgious University of Queensland Sporting Scholarships. Picked up by the Queensland Reds, before moving to the ACT Brumbies, he also played club football at Sydney University. Howard played 20 tests for Australia between 1993 and 1997, making his debut against New Zealand. In 1998 he signed for Leicester Tigers, displacing Will Greenwood, who was forced return to Harlequins for first team rugby. Howard became a pivotal part of the Tigers' championship winning side.

Coaching career

After the departure of Joel Stransky in 2000, he was appointed as the Tigers' backs coach, however he had his sights set on regaining a Wallaby jersey ahead of the 2003 World Cup. He returned to the Brumbies in 2001, swapping his playing position with Rod Kafer, but was unable to make the squad for the World Cup. He then returned to Europe, playing for French side Montferrand in 2003.

After retiring as a player at the end of the season in 2004,...
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