Julian Huxley (rugby union)

Julian Huxley (born 3 August 1979) is an Australian rugby union footballer. In 2008 he had established himself in the Wallabies and was named Australian Rookie of the Year.[1] In 2011 he played for the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition.

Julian Huxley
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Birth nameJulian Huxley
Date of birth (1979-08-03) 3 August 1979 (age 40)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
SchoolSydney Grammar School
The King's School, Sydney
UniversityAustralian National University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Halfback
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004 Northland 7 (60)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
ACT Brumbies
Correct as of 23 July 2012
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007 Australia 9 (22)
Teams coached
Years Team
Sydney Rays

Early lifeEdit

Huxley played for a Lindfield club in his youth, and was educated at the St Ives prep school of Sydney Grammar School and The King's School, Sydney and went on to play for the Gordon and Sydney University clubs. Huxley has previously appeared for the under-19, under-21 and 'A' Australia sides, he also played for the Australian sevens.[citation needed]

Rugby careerEdit

Huxley made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds in 2003. His Reds season was successful year and was awarded the Pilecki Medal to become the player of the year.[2] At the end of 2004 he went to New Zealand to play for Northland.[citation needed]

He returned to Super Rugby in 2005, and subsequently played every match of the season. After the Reds' 2006 season Huxley joined the Brumbies.[3]

On 4 March 2008, the Brumbies announced Huxley had been diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering a seizure during a match against Queensland the previous week. Huxley stopped playing immediately to undergo surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat his condition.[4] He had surgery which was successful[1][5] and in March 2010, gained a medical clearance to resume playing.[6]

Huxley signed with the Melbourne Rebels in May 2010. Rebels' head coach Rod Macqueen, said, "Julian has shown great form since his return. He brings with him a fantastic attitude to life and the game we can all learn from. He is an intelligent player who will make a significant contribution to the Rebels."[7] Huxley's reported motivation to move to Melbourne is to start a "new chapter"[6][8] in his life. He told a Herald Sun journalist that: "Everything about Melbourne; the culture, the lifestyle, and of course the excitement around the Rebels makes this a great move for me."[6]

In an effort to regain his fitness Huxley played in just one Rebels' pre-season trial (against the Crusaders), running on with his former team mate Stirling Mortlock.[9] Huxley's move to Melbourne also attracted the attention of The Age[10] and The Australian.[11] In July 2012 Huxley left the Melbourne Rebels. He moved to France to play Narbonne in the Rugby Pro D2 competition.


Huxley was an assistant coach for the Sydney Rays team in the National Rugby Championship in 2016. Later that year, he was appointed head coach of Shute Shield club Penrith Emus for the 2017 season.[12] After Simon Cron took a job with the NSW Waratahs, the Sydney Rays promoted Huxley to the head coaching position for 2017.[13]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b Rebels Media Unit (23 February 2011). "Julian Huxley Player Profile". Melbourne Rebels (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  2. ^ Sportal (2010). "Melbourne Rebels Profile". Player profiles. Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  3. ^ Sportal (19 May 2006). "Huxley signs with Brumbies". Rugby.com.au. ARU. Retrieved 19 May 2006.
  4. ^ AAP (4 March 2008). "Julian Huxley ACT Brumbies rugby Super 14". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  5. ^ Geddes, Jon (17 April 2008). "Julian Huxley counts his blessings after brain tumour". Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Gould, Russell (19 February 2010). "Melbourne Rebels sign comeback king Julian Huxley". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  7. ^ "New World for Brave Huxley". Heavensgame. 19 February 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Inspirational Huxley joins Rebels". ABC News. Australia. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  9. ^ Gould, Russell (7 February 2011). "Julian Huxley looks to build fitness". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  10. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (20 May 2010). "Brumbies' Huxley signs for Rebels". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  11. ^ Smith, Wayne (20 May 2010). "Huxley leaves his beloved Brumbies". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  12. ^ "New Emus coach Huxley vows to give it all he has got". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. 27 September 2016. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Huxley to coach Rays". Australian Rugby. 13 July 2017. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.