John Leslie (rugby union)

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John Leslie
Date of birth (1970-11-25) 25 November 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14.7 st)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Glasgow Caledonians
Fukuoka Sanix Bombs
Newcastle Falcons
Northampton Saints
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1991-1998 Otago 123 ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996-1998 Highlanders 32 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998-2002 Scotland 23 ((20))

John Andrew Leslie (born 25 November 1970 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand)[1] is a former rugby union footballer who played at centre for Scotland. He is the elder son of Andy Leslie the great All Blacks captain and the brother of Martin Leslie who also played for Scotland. He was educated at St Patrick's College, Silverstream, and completed a BPhEd at the University of Otago in 1994.

Leslie played 123 games for Otago and 32 for the Highlanders in the Super 12. He led Otago to the National Provincial Championship title in 1998.

Leslie qualified for Scotland through a paternal grandfather and initially joined Glasgow Caledonians, making his international debut along with his brother against South Africa in November 1998. Shortly after his debut, he joined the Fukuoka Sanix Bombs club in Japan.

The Leslie brothers joined a line of New Zealanders to play for Scotland, dubbed the Kilted Kiwis, they include: Brendan Laney, Glenn Metcalfe, Gordon Simpson and Sean Lineen - the original Kilted Kiwi.

In the 1999 Five Nations championship, Leslie scored the fastest ever try against Wales, touching down after ten seconds after the kick-off. He was voted Man of the Tournament.

In January 2000, the SRU were keen for Leslie to be closer to Scotland, he quit Sanix signing for Newcastle Falcons in England.

In September 2000, Leslie joined Northampton Saints.

After the 2002 Six Nations championship Leslie retired from international rugby.

At the end of the 2003/04 season John was released by Northampton Saints, when he returned to Otago and New Zealand.

In October 2004 Leslie retired, playing his last match for Otago.

Since retiring, Leslie co-coached a team at the University of Otago RFC with Josh Kronfeld.

Since 2006 to present Leslie now runs the LeslieRugby Business. A rugby product business based in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Leslie also runs one-day training programmes of rugby skill coaching and drill training for children and coaches across New Zealand.