Schooled at Diocesan College, Leyds has been earmarked for higher honours since an early age.
Fine performances for the Western Province U18, U19 and the University of Cape Town secured the utility back the fullback role for the 2012 Junior World Championships where the Baby Boks were crowned champions. 2013 saw the Leyds make his senior debut for WP in the Vodacom Cup.
In 2014, Leyds made the move to the Western Force in Australia where he came off the bench three times against the Crusaders, Blues and Reds. He returned to Western Province at the end of 2014 and was included in the 2015 & 2016 Stormers Super Rugby squad where be became a regular starter in the team.
Leyds has scored 35 points in 22 Super Rugby appearances since his debut in 2014.
Leyds has been in good form for the Stormers during the 2017 Super Rugby competition and was named in the Springbok squad ahead of the Test series against France.
Following a break from international rugby he earned a recall ahead of the 2019 Rugby Championship with 8 appearances to his name
|2014 - present|
|2015 - present|
|2012 - 2013|
|2014 - 2014|
|2017 - 2019|