Full name Jeremy Clayton Guscott
Born July 7, 1965, Bath
Current age 50 years 60 days
Major teams Barbarians, Bath Rugby, British and Irish Lions, British and Irish Lions XV, World XV, England, England XV
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 192 lb
|British and Irish Lions||1989-1997||8||8||0||7||1||0||0||1||5||3||0||62.50|
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1991-1999||13||12||1||18||4||0||0||0||8||5||0||61.53|
|Test debut||Romania v England at Bucharest, May 13, 1989 match details|
|Last Test||England v Tonga at Twickenham, Oct 15, 1999 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Jeremy Guscott made his name as a wonderfully balanced outside-centre for Bath, England and the British and Irish Lions.
Guscott played his entire career for his hometown side Bath, becoming a legend with fans as the side forged a name as one of the heavyweights of the pre-professional era. Guscott's languid running style, deceptively quick and always aware of a gap or support runner, made him an effective weapon in attack and he exemplified the creative nature that shines in the most accomplished No.13s.
Hailed as "The Prince of Centres" by former England coach Clive Woodward, Guscott made his international debut against Romania in 1989 and racked up a hat-trick during a 58-3 win. Guscott's star continued to rise as he was called out to the 1989 Lions tour to Australia, slotting into the side for the second and third Tests as they won the series.
He embarked on his second Lions tour in 1993 after representing England at the 1991 World Cup, starting in the final as England lost 12-6 to the Wallabies. Guscott would make his second World Cup in 1995 after his 1994 season was decimated by injury, and as England were bulldozed out of the tournament by Jonah Lomu, Guscott soon found himself out of sorts with England.
With Phil de Glanville taking the England captaincy in 1996, Guscott found himself on the bench as Will Carling was accommodated at 13. After making substitute appearances during the 1996 Five Nations to great effect, Guscott made his third Lions tour in 1997.
Guscott's finest moment may be the drop-goal that he sent over during the decisive second Test win over the Springboks, sealing the series for the Lions after Neil Jenkins' metronomic kicking kept them in contention.
Guscott made his last appearance for England against Tonga during the 1999 World Cup, scoring an interception try and receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.
Since his retirement from the game he has worked full-time as a pundit for the BBC.
Scrum Staff January 2009
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