Leonard’s story starts as rugby started – in the amateur era, when the Cockney Carpenter played for Barking and Saracens, in the days before multi-million pound sponsorship deals. His big break came when he was invited to join the England squad for their tour to Argentina in 1990; he has since been capped a world-record 114 times.
In his autobiography, Leonard provides a compelling insight into life with England and the British Lions, as well as the domestic game through his time at Saracens and Harlequins.
Once told that he would never walk again after undergoing life-saving surgery on his neck, Leonard describes the torment he went through during this period – both physical and financial – and how he fought against all the odds to re-establish himself on the international stage. With a world-record 114 Test caps, three Lions tours and a career in rugby union spanning two decades, there is no more experienced player in the modern game.
Leonard has plenty to tell about the people he has met during his career – Rob Andrew, Will Carling, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian Moore, Dick Best and Clive Woodward all feature – and with nicknames like 'The Fun Bus' and 'The Scourge of the Barking Barmaids' the stories are as colourful and controversial as the man himself.
All is revealed in this fascinating portrait of an English rugby legend – which also includes a detailed insider’s account of England's 2003 World Cup victory and the reasons behind his decision to retire from the international arena.
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‘Plenty of funnies, oodles of escapades’ Independent
'This excellent tome gives us a much-needed reminder about the nature of sport' Sunday Telegraph
'There are some lovely anecdotes …' Rugby World
‘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
'Jason has been an outstanding ambassador for the game on and off the pitch.' Clive WoodwardAbout the Author:
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 a full international in 1990. After more than a century of England caps, Jason retired from international rugby in March 2004.
Alison Kervin is Rugby Editor of The Times. She has also edited of Rugby World and been PR manager for the England rugby team (1991–95) She has won a number of awards, including the Sports Council Feature Writer of the Year in 1995.
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Book Description HarperCollinsWillow, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007193920