A World Cup winner, three times a Lion, the world's most capped forward, and for a time the world's most capped player, Jason Leonard's long career in rugby is extraordinarily impressive.
With 114 appearances for England, the former Harlequins and Saracens prop still has more international caps than any other forward.
Jason Leonard spent a total of 14 years in the white of England during a stunning career that spanned both the amateur and professional era and, although it is his achievements for his country that bring him the most attention, he also deserves a special place in Lions folklore.
Despite rupturing a vertebrae in his neck during England's Grand Slam-clinching win over Wales in 1992, Leonard recovered remarkably to earn selection for the Lions tour to New Zealand a year later.
The Lions may have lost the series 2-1 but both the squad and Leonard himself did Britain and Ireland proud. Jason Leonard started both the second and third Tests against the All Blacks and was widely expected to be first-choice in South Africa four years later.
Unfortunately for Leonard, although his ability to play both loose head and tight head with almost equal expertise made his inclusion in the Test match 22 a near certainty, he missed out on a starting spot against the Springboks in all three Tests.
Leonard dealt with the disappointment like a true professional, however, as he put the team ethos before his own frustrations to ensure the mid-week side maintained the momentum of the tour.
The Barking-born front-row forward skippered the side on three occasions in 1997 and was then chosen to make it a full house of Lions tours by travelling to Australia in 2001. Just as he had done on his previous two Lions Test series, Leonard featured in two of the three matches against the Wallabies.
His Lions career ended in disappointment with a series defeat to the then World Champions but Leonard still hade plenty to achieve at international level as England surged to World Cup glory in 2003. Now a member of the RFU Council and a Founding Member of tCn - the CONSTRUCTION network, Jason Leonard retired a season after England's World Cup triumph with only Australia's George Gregan having since surpassed his tally of international caps.
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