IRB Hall of Fame – Induction No.93 – Jason Leonard OBE (England and British & Irish Lions) 1968-

One of seven legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in London on 17 November 2014. These inductions represent the incorporation into the IRB Hall of Fame following the acquisition of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Born 14 August, 1968 in Barking, England

A veteran of 14 seasons of international rugby, Jason Leonard is England’s most capped player of all-time with 114 appearances for his country. The barrel-chested prop was hugely respected for his durability as a player in the most uncompromising of positions.

Although primarily a loosehead, he was able to play on both sides of the scrum and that versatility proved vital when he came on as an extra-time replacement at tighthead in the RWC 2003 final and steadied the scrum to help England achieve their finest hour on a rugby pitch. The victory in Sydney finally put to bed the pain of defeat Leonard had suffered as a youngster at the hands of the same opposition in the final 12 years earlier.

Leonard was the youngest prop ever to play for England when he was selected for his debut against Argentina in 1990, aged just 21. The loyal and long-serving Harlequins man captained his country twice, in 1996, scoring his one and only Test try in a narrow victory over Los Pumas. 

He was also capped five times by the British & Irish Lions, playing in the series-winning team of 1997.