Jason Leonard OBE


Former rugby union player and record breaker Jason Leonard OBE is known as one of the most capped players of all time and, despite his retirement, has remained heavily involved in the sport by working as a sports speaker and ambassador at rugby union after dinner speaker events.

Born in Barking Jason Leonard is known for his long-standing career with Harlequins and his numerous appearances and victories with the English and Irish Lions. Continuing to work as a rugby speaker for both the Lions and the Harlequins Leonard boasts proudly of his former record (held until 2013) as the world’s most capped forward after he appeared in almost 120 England rugby union matches. Despite losing this title to New Zealand rugby speaker Richie McCaw Leonard continues to hold legendary status amongst England and Ireland fans and will forever be remembered by his nickname: ‘The Fun Bus’.

Also previously holding the record of most winning international caps (a position lost to Australian rugby speaker George Gregan in 2006) Jason Leonard OBE appeared in no less than five Lions’ victories and was part of a squad awarded arguably the most sought after title in rugby union, The Grand Slam, four times in 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2003.

An incredibly popular after-dinner speaker Jason Leonard OBE is also frequently called upon to discuss the World Cup win of 2003 in which England beat Australia 20-17. Leonard’s own passion for the sport is infectious and his memories and anecdotes are sure to entertain any crowd. As well as working as a sports speaker, Jason Leonard OBE is the Lead Ambassador for the rugby charity Wooden Spoon as well as Sparks, the children’s medical research charity.

Helping charities is a keen interest of Jason’s, being so passionate that he founded his own charity The Atlas Foundation. He founded this charity to harness the power that rugby holds in order to improve the lives of young people living in poverty worldwide. Today he stands as the chairman of the foundation, overlooking the operation of its mission. Jason has also been the subject of television shows, featuring on This Is Your Life in 2000. In 2012 Jason was presented with The Prince Obolensky Award, which was awarded for his association with the rugby union and embodying the Corinthian Spirit.

To book Jason Leonard as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Jason is known to cover the following topics:

  • Rugby Union
  • English & Irish Lions
  • Harlequins
  • Wooden Spoon charity
  • Sporting Success

“The event went really well, thanks and Jason did a great job. He was great in the Q&A and was great when interacting with guests.”