Jason Leonard’s first taste of Lions action came on the 1993 Tour of New Zealand, part of a large England contingent in the pack, appearing as a replacement in the second and third Tests.

But for the man who would later lift the World Cup and for a time boast the most international caps with 114, 1993 was just the beginning of his Lions involvement.

Leonard appeared off the bench in the first Lions Test of the historic series win in South Africa, doing the same against Australia in two Tests four years later in 2001.

The example he set on those Tours served to push his teammates and front-row rivals to greater heights epitomising what makes a great tourist.

His experiences with Britain and Ireland’s elite paved the way for Leonard to make history with his country amidst a prolonged 14-year career, claiming a quartet of Grand Slams alongside his World Cup success in 2003.

Since retirement he has served as the President of the RFU, stepping down in 2016.


    • dob 14/08/1968
    • birthplace Barking
    • height 1.78m
    • weight 111kg
    • club history Barbarians Harlequins Saracens Barking

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