Black History Month Bio - Jamie Jones-Buchanan
23 Oct 2020
Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds, England & Great Britain)
Loyalty brings its own rewards, and no-one has tasted the fruits of loyalty like Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Born and raised in Leeds, Jamie played his entire career at Leeds Rhinos - and was rewarded by being part of a team that won every trophy available, time and time again.
Jamie learnt the game at Stanningley rugby league club, and made his Rhinos’ debut in 1999, aged just 17. He never looked back. He played in the side that won the 2004 Super League Grand Final and then scored a try as the Rhinos blew away the NRL champions Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge.
He repeated the feat three years later, this time scoring in the Grand Final against St Helens and picking up a winners’ medal against the Melbourne Storm. In 2008 he played for England in the Rugby League World Cup, winning the first of his six England caps.
Jamie was a crucial part of Leeds’s golden generation which led the club to its greatest-ever period of success. The Rhinos won eight Super League titles, four World Club Challenges, two Challenge Cups and in total appeared in 25 finals during Jamie’s career.
Central to this success was Jamie. No-one was more motivated, and no-one was a better motivator of his team-mates. Recognised by Leeds fans as one of their own, James Jones-Buchanan made himself a model player through sheer drive and determination, two qualities at the very heart of rugby league.