The rag-to-riches tale of rugby union's most capped forward of all time - how a brilliant young player overcame a life-threatening injury to make it to the very top of the international game. Jason Leonard's story starts as rugby started - in the amateur days, when the Cockney Carpenter began playing for Barking and Saracens in the days before multi-million pound business owners and sponsorship deals. His big break came when he was invited to join the England squad for their tour to Argentina in 1990. It was a tour that precipitated one of the greatest periods in the history of the British game, and Leonard provides a compelling insight into life behind the scenes with England and his new club Harlequins as the personal records continued to tumble. Rob Andrew, Will Carling, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian Moore, Dick Best and Clive Woodward are just some of the high-profile characters of whom Leonard has plenty of stories to tell. He also recalls some of the greats such as David Campese and Jonah Lomu, whom he has played with or against on Lions tours, for the Barbarians and in three World Cups. Once told that he would never walk again after undergoing life-saving surgery on neck, Leonard describes the torment he went through during this period, and how he fought against all the odds to re-establish himself on the international stage. With more than 80 Test caps to his name to date and a career in rugby union spanning two decades, there is no more experienced player in the modern game. With nicknames like "The Fun Bus" and "The Scourge of the Barking Barmaids", Leonard has lived a colourful and at times controversial life. All is revealed in this portrait of an English rugby legend.
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'There is not a rugby supporter in the land who does not love 'our Jase' the embodiment of the game, the prop who has never lost the common touch' Daily Telegraph
About Jason Leonard
Jason Leonard was born in Barking in Aug 1968. He started playing rugby at the age of 10 and graduated via Saracens and England B, before becoming an international 1990. He is the current Harlequins captain. Alison Kervin is Rugby Editor of The Times. She has also edited of Rugby World and been PR manager for the England rugby team (1991-1995) She has won a number of awards, including the Sports Council Feature Writer of the Year in 1995.
Jason Leonard Autobiography by Jason Leonard
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