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Jeremy Clayton Guscott



Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Jeremy Clayton Guscott as my latest nomination for The Rugby Forum's Hall of Fame.

Born on 7th July 1965 in Bath, Somerset, England, Jeremy stayed loyal to his home town, throughout his playing career. With the majority of his playing career being played in the amateur age of rugby, he had to hold down other jobs which included being a bricklayer, before moving into the public relations section of British Gas, until the game turned professional.

Guscott played most of his career as an Outside centre, but on a couple occasions did appear on the wing for England. Known for his smooth running style and stout defense, Guscott was often considered one of the finest ball-players of any rugby age. Former England Coach Clive Woodward called Guscott the "Prince of Centres", and rugby-writer Stephen Jones hails Guscott as part of his 'dream centre combination', along with former New Zealand All Black Frank Bunce.

Guscott enjoyed a remarkable career at Bath which began in 1984 and came to an end in 1999/00 season, during his career he won many accolades , winning leagues and cup winners medals. In 1989 England came calling for Jeremy, where he marked his debut with superb hat trick of tries against Romania in Bucharest . Jeremy received a call-up for the already in progress British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, where he impressed by making a series-winning contribution to the second and third tests. He also travelled with the Lions on the 1993 tour of New Zealand, where he played in all 3 tests.

Jeremy suffered a setback in his England Career in 1996, when Will Carling stepped down as England Captain, Guscott got relegated to the bench, much to the shock of the Rugby World. In the 1996 5 Nations, Jeremy famously came off the bench to play on the wing against each of Ireland and Wales; in each instance sparking the squad's confidence and playing direct roles in their triumphs.

In 1997 Guscott toured again with the Lions, this time to South Africa, where he scored the winning drop goal during the decisive second test. He did start the third test of the series but failed to finish the game due to receiving a broken arm.

His last game for England was against Tonga in the 1999 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, where he marked it with a length-of-field interception try. After the game he received a standing ovation. Jeremy was forced to call time on his career which meant an early exit from the 1999 World Cup Competition.

Guscott represented England a total of 3 World Cups, '91, '95, and '99; helping England reach the final in '91. During his time at Bath, Guscott helped the team win 6 Leagues, 6 Pilkington Cups and 1 European Cup.

Jeremy can now be found on BBC Sport as a pundit.


Excellent player, pity he has a face like a smacked arse whenever he is a pundit.

Then again, if he can't take a joke, its hardly the fault of Gareth Edwards and Keith Wood now is it?
Was it Guscott that "retired" midway through the '99 World Cup so that he could be replaced by another player?
nice article, yours or link?

great side-stepping and ball playing centre for England during the early and mid-90s

he does come off a little arrogant in his column in the Times, recently crabbed alot about the Springboks

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