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The Fun Bus is an English and Lions Rugby Legend, on and off the field. The most punished child at school he redeemed his sins by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003 and founding the Atlas Foundation in 2015, giving the nation a massive celebration and thousands of kids a new life.

Jason “FunBus” Leonard OBE

President and Founding Member

Joe has had an incredibly successful with 58 caps for England and 2 for the British and Irish Lions. Joe started his playing career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow international Billy Twelvetrees. Joe was initially know for his colourful and creative hairstyles but soon let his scrummaging and powerful loose play do the talking.

Joe Marler

Rugby Champion

Flanker who represented England on 70 occasions, and won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014. First woman to win the Rugby Writer’s Pat Marshall award, winner of the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year in 2010, she is now a respected TV presenter and in 2016 was elected to the RFU Council.

Maggie Alphonsi

Rugby Champion

Rochelle Clark, MBE, played for Wasps and England. Competing at the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup's. She is the most capped England Rugby Union player ever with 134 Caps. She is a PT and coach outside of rugby with her wife. She supports animal rights and wants to run a petting zoo.

Rochelle “Rocky” Clark MBE

Rugby Champion

Andrew Gavin Hastings, OBE is a Scottish former rugby union player. A fullback, he is widely regarded to be one of the best ever Scottish rugby players and was one of the outstanding players of his generation, winning 61 caps for Scotland, 20 of which as captain.

Gavin Hastings OBE

Rugby Champion

John Smit, former Springbok Rugby Captain who played hooker and prop for the Springboks in 111 tests, beat the British & Irish Lions in 2009 and won the Rugby World Cup in 2007.

John Smit

President Atlas South Africa
Cathegrine Spencer

Catherine is the former England Women’s captain and no.8 who won six Six Nations Titles, five Grand Slams and led the team to the final in the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. She retired from international rugby in 2011 and founded her own company Inspiring Women which provides organisations with inspiring women to develop talent and leadership.

Catherine Spencer

Rugby Champion

Argentinian Prop who plays club rugby for Saracens. He was in the Argentinian Rugby World Cup squad in 2011 and 2015, and was named tighthead prop of the tournament in 2011. He champions Atlas's All Schools work in Argentina. .

Juan “Chipi” Figallo

Rugby Champion for Argentina

Mark is a Harlequins stalwart after 17 years at the club, winning the Premiership with them in 2011. He has also been RPA Chairman since 2017, championing the rights and the voice of rugby players. He holds the rather auspicious record of being the player most used as a substitute in Gallagher Premiership history.

Mark Lambert

Rugby Champion

Shane is a former hooker for Ireland and also won four caps with the Lions on the New Zealand tour of 2005. He played most of his club rugby with Leinster and a short stint with Saracens. Shane is much loved and remembered for his fearsome mullet haircut. He is now a successful businessman and burgeoning media celebrity, in 2014 he got his acting debut in Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie.

Shane Byrne

Rugby Champion for Ireland

Simon Shaw MBE has 72 Caps for England and 2 for the British and Irish Lions. Simon was born in Kenya so is particularly keen to support the Atlas Foundation's work there aswell as elsewhere globally.

Simon Shaw

Rugby Champion

Already legendary second row, playing for England and the Lions. Also a politics graduate and interested in Atlas’s international development work. Maro is our Global Champion for the Atlas All Schools programme.

Maro Itoje

Global Atlas All Schools Champion

Mako is a current England international with 56 caps to his name as well as 6 British and Irish Lions test caps across 2 tours. Since 2019, he has set up a fund to help support the development of children in Tonga, where his parents came from before moving to Wales, where he first began playing rugby.

Mako Vunipola

Rugby Champion for Tonga

Claudia Macdonald has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the rugby ranks since first picking up a ball aged 19.
She captained Durham University in 2017/18, joining Tyrrells Premier 15s side Darlington Mowden Park Sharks to make her debut in September 2017. Having moved to Wasps FC Ladies for the 2018/19 season, she was awarded an England EPS agreement in January 2019. She came off the bench in all three of England’s 2018 Quilter Internationals as well as against Wales in the 2019 Women’s Six Nations (Credit: England Rugby, 2019)

Claudia MacDonald

Rugby Champion

Alistair is a former Sharks and Saracens lock, with 4 international caps for South Africa. Since retiring in 2016, he has co-founded beer company Wolfpack Lager.

Alistair Hargreaves

Rugby Champion

Founding members and team

Jason FunBus Leonard OBE

The Fun Bus is an English and Lions Rugby Legend, on and off the field. The most punished child at school he redeemed his sins by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003 and founding the Atlas Foundation in 2015, giving the nation a massive celebration and thousands of kids a new life.

Jason “FunBus” Leonard OBE

President and Founding Member
Sally Spaniel Pettipher

The Spaniel is a rower but not a Front Rower. She is CEO of the Atlas Foundation, working to improve the lives of the poorest children on earth through the power of rugby and the generosity of the rugby family.

Sally “Spaniel” Pettipher

CEO and Member of the Damned
Michael Rhino Whitfield

Rhino sits on the Atlas Foundation Board and Chairs the Front Row Club. Frequently found grazing in the Barnes Rugby stable, Rhino is also occasionally sighted on the Boards of technology businesses and young people’s charities. After a lifetime of freezing Front Row appearences, he now overwinters in South Africa.

Michael “Rhino” Whitfield

Chairman and Founding Member
Chris North

Northy is a front rower who earned 13 caps for Hong Kong and is an ex Winchester, Quins, Kowloon, Norths in Sydney and Barnes RFC player. He set up and owned a Casino and Poker Club in London's West End which he recently sold and now is a stay at home Dad.

Chris “Northy” North

Vice-Chairman and Founding Member
Oliver Woodcock

Oli joined Atlas in June 2018 on a work placement from Bath University. He uses the excuse of a shoulder injury to keep his boots on the peg, but as he was never selected for the Front Row its not much of a loss.

Oliver “Woody” Woodcock

Marketing and Content Manager. Founding Member
Ian Robbo Robertson

The sound of Robbo in full voice is the English supporters enduring memory of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. A one-time Scotland fly half, and the BBC Rugby Correspondent for 400 years, he is now out-to-grass on a golf course near you, chipping away with rugby stars and charity guests to help the Atlas Foundation.

Ian “Robbo” Robertson

Chief Correspondent and Founding Member