Jason Leonard - The Career & The Caps

 Jason Leonard in rugby shirt playing for England



Written by David McDade

Jason Leonard's career was nothing short of spectacular. Over his 14 years playing for England he amassed a staggering 114 caps, captained the England team and won a World Cup.


Let’s take a look at the impressive career timeline of one of the game's greats.



 ● Receives call-up to the England squad as a Saracens player.

● July - Earns debut cap for the England squad. Takes to the field as the youngest prop in the English team’s history, in their 25-12 win over the Pumas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aged 21.

● August - Earns his second cap against the Pumas in 15-13 defeat.



 ● January - Five Nations debut with a 25-6 win over Wales.

● March - England defeat France 21-19 at Twickenham for his first Grand Slam.

● November - First World Cup final ends in disappointment with a 12-6 loss against Australia.



 ● March - Secures second Five-Nations Grand Slam victory. 

● A career-threatening neck injury sends him to the operating table.

● October - Returns to international competition against Canada at Wembley Stadium.


 ● June - Called up to the British Lions squad for their tour to New Zealand.

● July - Debut test for the Lions in 20-7 win against the All-Blacks. 

● The Lions were beaten 30-13 in the second test.

● November - Member of the squad that defeated New Zealand 15-2 at Twickenham.



● June - Helps England to a mesmerising 32-15 victory over the Springboks in Pretoria.



 ● March - Third Five Nations Grand Slam in 5 years.

● June - A member of the England squad, losing in the semi-final.



 ● November - Earns 50th cap at Twickenham in a 54-21 win over Italy.

● December - Debut captaincy at Twickenham.



 ● May - Second Lions tour. Features as a replacement in the first Test victory against South Africa.

● November - Selected for the England squad to tour South Africa and New Zealand.



 ● October - Third World Cup Campaign, losing in the quarter-final to South Africa in Paris.



 ● November - Makes his 86th appearance for the England squad, surpassing Rory Underwood as England's most capped player.



 ● May - Third Lions Tour. Plays in the first and second tests against Australia. 

● November - Wins 93rd cap to become the world’s most capped forward, surpassing the record of the All-Blacks Sean Fitzpatrick.



● November - Brought back into the England starting squad for their Test against Australia at Twickenham.



 ● February - Earns his centenary cap at the RBS Six-Nations opening game against France at Twickenham.

● March - Wins fourth Grand Slam, defeating Ireland on their home soil in Dublin.

● October - Features as part of the England Squad taken to the World Cup in Australia.

● November - Named as part of the team to face Wales in the World Cup quarter-final, earning his 111th cap.

● Part of the semi-final winning team, defeating France in Sydney and advancing to the final.

● Wins his first ever World Cup, achieving his childhood dream.

● December - Named as the Recipient of OBE in the New Year Honours.



 ● March 9th - Confirms that he will retire from international competition at the end of the RBS Six-Nations campaign.

 For further statistics on Jason please visit the Jason Leonard page on ESPN.

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