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Jason Leonard: The Autobiography by [Leonard, Jason]
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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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In a career spanning two decades, England and Harlequins prop forward Jason Leonard has seen the rugby world turned upside down during its transition from amateur to professional sport. The most capped player in the history of English rugby, with more than 90 Test caps to his name, Leonard has come across some of the hardest men in the game, and survived and thrived to tell the tale.

His life story is the ultimate rags-to-riches tale of a brilliant young player who fights through career-threatening injury to make it to the very top of the international game in the early nineties. Even then there were those who were ready to write him off as the sport turned professional, when pints became supplanted by practice, sponsorship money engulfed the clubs, and fitness and diet became the new buzzwords.

But the Cockney carpenter proved his detractors wrong, featuring in three Worlds Cups and finding a new lease of life in a dynamic and all-conquering England team before winning a place on a third Lions tour to Australia in the summer of 2001.

In his book he looks back on his amateur days at Barking and Saracens, before a move to high-flying Harlequins. Life at The Stoop was never dull, and Leonard gives an insight into the club behind the scenes with players such as Will Carling and Brian Moore. Later for England, he lifts the lid on legends such as Peter Winterbottom and Wade Dooley, and in more recent times the like so Lawrence Dallaglio and Clive Woodward.

Jason Leonard has broken his silence with a book that is sure to enthral rugby followers keen to read how one man overcame all the odds to reach the pinnacle of his sport.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4377 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Willow (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IWT4QI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Jason Leonard was one of the first English World Cup winners to bring out an autobiography - in fact, it was first released prior to winning the World Cup, then updated to take in the World Cup. It shows us a player's eye view of the birth of professional rugby in England. Leonard started his career in the amateur era and went through the ructions when the sport went professional - a process that was not management very well by the RFU, in Leonard's opinion. Some of the writing on England games become a little samey, particularly the 1999-2002 period. There are other books out there on the same period - Clive Woodward's and Lawrence Dallaglio's are better - but this is still an interesting view from the inside.
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I believe the best autobiographies are the ones where you can imagine the subject reading it to you and this book feels very much like it's straight from the mouth of England's most capped player. So with Jason Leonard this was, quite rightly, never going to be 'War and Peace'. Everything that's happened to Jason Leonard (on and off the pitch) has been met with that same commitment, heart and work ethic that led Sir Ian McGeechan to say "I will forever say that Jason Leonard was one of the best Lions I have ever come across because of what he did in 1997 to make sure the two props were ready to go in and do a job.". This is a top read from a top bloke!
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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 enough in describing what else was going on in rugby during his career as professionalism took over the amateur game, which if added to this biography would have made it a 4/5 star book.
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if you are of a certain age and can remember rugby before professionalism then you will be taken back to a time when money in rugby was a thing that all dreamed of but most rarely got, to play your favoured sport as a living was a thing only footballers done.
Jason Leonards career spans the amatuer/professional divide and this book is a good insight into what it took to reach the top of of the rugby tree, all the pain,laughs, highs and lows of one of england rugby hero,s. well worth a read.top book top man.
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