"I looked like a big red bus" - Five simply brilliant Jason Leonard stories - Ruck

“I looked like a big red bus” – Five simply brilliant Jason Leonard stories

England legend Jason Leonard is one of the games finest storytellers.

The loosehead-prop was the youngest man ever to pack down in England’s front row when he made his debut aged 22 against Argentina in 1990.

Fourteen years later he retired as the only English player to rack up a century of Test appearances, and was for a time the world’s most capped player.

Here are some of our favourites tales from his incredible rugby career..

1. ‘I didn’t do it’

Just before we headed out to the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, all the players agreed on a booze ban when coach Jack Rowell discovered that someone had come in at 2am. He accused me at training the next day and I flatly denied it. As I told Martin Bayfield standing next to me: “It couldn’t have been me Bayf – I didn’t get in until 4am.” Poor Bayf just burst out laughing.

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