'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
From the Back Cover
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.