England legend Jason Leonard has ranked the five biggest drinkers from his playing days when picking his Drinking XV.
Leonard noted that he had 28 pints of lager and when the astounded, part-time nutritionist asked just exactly he was up to each week to consume 28 pints, he was met with a confused look. “That’s 20 pints on the Saturday and eight to settle the head on Sunday,” Leonard replied.
The switch from amateurism to professional may have been a shock to the system for many players but the very best of them adapted. Leonard went on to make a then world record of 119 Test appearances [114 for England and five for the Lions] before he retired. The pints were there but not as many of them as before.
Here, Leonard ranks the five biggest drinkers (excluding him) that he came across during his legendary career.
RUGBY’S BIGGEST DRINKERS
#5. Gavin Hastings (Scotland)
A fullback, he is widely regarded to be one of the best ever Scottish rugby players and was one of the outstanding players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain. He played for Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University, Scotland and the British Lions. He twice toured with the British and Irish Lions, to Australia in 1989 and as captain on the 1993 tour to New Zealand.