John Francis Langford
- 740Wallaby Number
Born and bred in Wagga Wagga and educated at Sydney’s Knox Grammar, John Langford was an extremely fit, raw-boned lock who did not play his first game of rugby until he was 19-years of age.
One Saturday morning Langford was dragged from his Wesley College bed to make up the numbers in the University of Sydney’s third grade team. He enjoyed the experience and decided to stick with the game.
In 1993, Langford debuted for New South Wales against Waikato at Concord. He departed University and joined Gordon where he was a member of the 1995 first grade premiership winning side. Langford’s performances caught the attention of ACT coach Rod Macqueen and as a result he moved to Canberra to play for the Brumbies in 1996, the first year of professional rugby in Australia.
In 1997, Langford made his Test debut against New Zealand in Dunedin.
After four seasons with the Brumbies, Langford left Australia to play in Ireland with Munster.
Langford won his first test cap at lock in the run-on XV for the 3rd Test, 24-36 loss to New Zealand in Dunedin. He earned three additional starting caps that season against South Africa in Pretoria, England at Twickenham and Scotland at Murrayfield.