Exclusive: Colin Charvis talks to Scrum
March 31, 2000

While being hounded by much of the press over the latest episode in the long running soap opera "Grannygate" Scrum's columnist Colin Charvis popped his head over the parapet just long enough to talk exclusively to Scrum.

While enjoying a hot chocolate with Scott Gibbs in the team's hotel just of Dublin's Grafton Street Charvis said he was sorry for what had happened but pointed out that all he had ever done was act in good faith.

"From my time with London Welsh, with the Welsh U'21 side and with Swansea I have always gone with what I believed in."

The breakaway confirmed that, although he has been resident in Wales for over three years, he was not properly qualified to represent his country when he was first picked: "It is a mistake that has been made and that is something between myself and the Union."

The flanker expects to play against Ireland in Saturday's clash but hinted at the one set of circumstances that would see him stand down. "If the Union or the Welsh public wants me to pull out of Saturday's game then I will but I just want to get on with the game and put all of this behind me."

As one of Wales' most consistent performers since his 1996 debut the Welsh rugby public has taken to this Sutton Coalfield character and there seems little chance of them turning on someone who has dedicated his playing career to the adopted country.

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