Langi Gleeson is an Australian rugby union player who currently represents the Waratahs in Super Rugby and the Australia national team. He primarily plays as a flanker or number 8, showcasing his versatility and skillset on the field.
Gleeson's journey in professional rugby began with his inclusion in the Waratahs squad for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season as a wider training squad player. He made his debut for the Waratahs in Round 2 of the season, marking the beginning of his professional rugby career.
In addition to his club commitments, Gleeson has also had the opportunity to represent his country at the international level. On October 30, 2022, he made his test debut for the Australia national team when he was substituted in the 74th minute of the match against Scotland. The Wallabies emerged victorious with a scoreline of 16 to 15. Gleeson's impressive performances earned him a spot in the starting lineup for Australia's match against Wales on November 27, 2022, where the Wallabies secured a 39 to 34 victory.
Gleeson's rugby journey began during his schooling years at St Augustine's College and Brookvale & Cromer High School. He developed his skills and passion for the sport as a junior player with the Harbord Harlequins before progressing to represent the Junior Wallabies. Prior to his breakthrough season with the Waratahs, Gleeson gained valuable experience playing for the Manly Marlins in the Shute Shield competition.
Despite facing setbacks, including a knee injury and a brief stint with the South Sydney Rabbitohs' U20s rugby league team, Gleeson persevered and continued to demonstrate his talent on the rugby field. His exceptional performances in both club and representative rugby caught the attention of selectors, leading to his inclusion in the Australia A side for the Pacific Nations Cup. This recognition further paved the way for his selection in the Wallabies' end-of-season Spring Tour in 2022.
Gleeson's physical prowess, combined with his impressive speed, make him a formidable threat on the field. His fairytale year, marked by significant achievements and milestones, highlights his potential for a successful career in Australian rugby. As he continues to develop and make his mark at both the domestic and international levels, Gleeson is poised to contribute significantly to the future success of the Waratahs and the Wallabies.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Gleeson has been named in the training squad for Australia.
|2022 - present|
|2022 - present|
|2022 - 2023|