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Jason Leonard: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Jason Leonard , Alison Kervin
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4 Nov 2002

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 and has been capped 100 times.

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 international scenes with England and the 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 100 Test caps won to date, 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 who also reflects upon England's 2002 Six Nations campaign, his hopes for his international future and a tough year for Quins.



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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; New Ed edition (4 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000714444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007144440
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There are plenty of funnies, oodles of escapades as well as Leonard's own obsession with fitness. Kervin has done well to draw him out.' Independent

'The excellent tome he has produced with Alison Kervin does give 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

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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 international scenes with England and the 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 100 Test caps won to date, 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 who also reflects upon England's 2002 Six Nations campaign, his hopes for his international future and a tough year for Quins.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book portrays everything that is good about rugby, the teamwork, camaraderie and the high jinks. Jason brings all the stories to life with various tales of the ups and downs that have happened in the top levels of the Rugby world which he has been such a pert of over the last decade or so.
He comes across as a very likeable man whose main priority is the game, whether at club or international level. With a nickname of FunBus it is not surprising to find out he is just as happy in the middle of practical jokes as he is the melee of the front row. Few books cover the art of the front row forward, but Jason, who has the ability to play at loose and tighthead, brings some insights to the game, that I, after playing rugby of 20 years had no idea about.
All in all this book will sweep you along in a ride nearly as exciting as an international game. Be careful where you read it, as laughing out load on public transport gets you many strange looks. This has confirmed my view that I would love to spend an evening chatting with Jason over a beer or 10!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rugby's legend 23 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
Full of drunken stories? of course but as well as the stories which anyone involved with rugby will be aware of there are the ups and downs of englands greatest prop forward.
Standing out are the move from amatuer to professional the lions tours and Jasons battles against injury.
A light hearted and enjoyable read about english rugby over the last 10 years
A must for any rugby fans
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I can't recommoned this book too highly. It's such an great insight into the world of rugby - telling you about coping with dreadful injury, life in the scrums and how the various coaches and captains that Jason has played under have differed. I would strongly recommend that you read this book - really great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, fun and enlightening 14 Dec 2001
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Format:Hardcover
This is the best rugby book around - a book which tells the proper tale of rugby union's move from amateurism to professionalism, including the highs and lows. It made be laugh, made me happy and made me sad. Above all, it reminded me that there are some great sports stars out there - Jason Leonard is at the top of the pile
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5.0 out of 5 stars What you see is what you get 5 Jun 2014
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Met Jason Leonard once when Neath played Harlequins back in the mid 90's and he was an absolute gent and down to earth. What you see in the book is that he never changed. Even though I am a welshman I agree with some of his comments following observations of a minority of welsh fans and it made me ashamed!

The book is an honest assessment of his own career and those who he played with and against.

I would recommend this read to anyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and light hearted read. 29 Mar 2014
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Great insight into the career of a legend of the game and how life as a rugby player changed from amateur to professional. Could have done with more juicy stories but definitely worth reading!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read 4 Feb 2014
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A well written book but I was left with a feeling that a lot of the real story missing was missing
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book 6 Sep 2013
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A very poor book that appears to have been rushed out with little detail. Brief stories with little context or stories you expect from a sporting autobiography.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Jeepers
Jason needs a ghost writer. This does not scan. No real story, just a collection of not very interesting stories
Published 11 months ago by Tj Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Great read for any die hard England fan. Jason gives a great insight in to the world of rugby union and how it changed from amatuer to professional... cant not like this guy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sunil Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason's rugby story
takes you through Jason's rugby career year by year with details of club and international campaigns
good read for rugby (england) enthusiasts
Published 14 months ago by Greg North
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
A well-written insight into the life and thoughts of one of rugby's legends, covering a period that encompassed both the amateur and fledgling professional sport.
Published 14 months ago by Malcolm Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Awesome one really good read what a real sportsman any a gent , , , , , , , , ,
Published 15 months ago by justine l preston jlp
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough depth
I am a fan of biographies that go just that bit further than a dry run through a career. No doubt that Jason would be a great laugh on a night out, but this book doesn't go far... Read more
Published 15 months ago by guy frazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Top read
Amazing book, kept me interested from start to finish.... what a character on how his life has went on such an amazing journey
Published 16 months ago by Emma Watkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a rugby legend
Compelling, truthful and a great read. A must for any rugby fan past or present!!!! Insight into an English rugby legend.
Published 16 months ago by Lee Buckby
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many clichés
Too many clichés. You could have written it yourself. His best team of drinkers was quite amusing though. Expected more from a legend of the game.
Published 18 months ago by Lyndon Heal
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