His 14-year international rugby career has seen Jason Leonard play in four Rugby World Cups for England. England, during this time, became World Champions in 2003 and won four Six Nations Grand Slams. He has also been on three British & Irish Lions tours with five test appearances. These include two in the 1997 series win in South Africa. His rugby career has also seen him play for the Barbarians six times while making 290 appearances for his club, Harlequins.
In 2002, Jason Leonard became the recipient of an MBE for services in sport. This later became an OBE after England’s Rugby World Cup success. He was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014.
Although Jason Leonard has retired from the game, he remains a global presence on the rugby scene. He is very active in governance and is the current Chairman of the British & Irish Lions. He was also RFU President in 2015 and 2016 when England hosted the Rugby World Cup and is a Six Nations board member.
Someone very involved in charity, Jason Leonard is the founder and chairman of the Atlas Foundation. The foundation aims to help deprived children all over the globe work towards a better future through rugby communities and initiatives. Over 50,000 children have been helped through this initiative thus far. He also works hard on behalf of other charities in support of fundraising and raising awareness for their causes.
Besides being greatly admired in the sports world, Jason Leonard is also highly respected in business and networks at the highest levels. He brokers introductions and consults for various brands and organisations. He is currently a Senior Advisor for Besso Group, a leading Lloyd’s broker.
While Jason Leonard is a highly entertaining speaker who can speak about all things related to rugby, he is also a sought-after corporate speaker, talking about various leadership themes. He lives in England and presents in English.