England Five Nations Grand Slam of 1991, 1992 and 1995. And Championship winner of 1996. Jeremy Guscott.
ENGLAND FIVE NATIONS GRAND SLAM HERO – JEREMY GUSCOTT – THE PRINCE OF CENTRES
Jeremy Guscott’s elegant running style made him stand out. And he enjoyed notable successes with England. Winning back-to-back Five Nations Grand Slams in 1991 and 1992.
But perhaps his crowning moment was his iconic drop goal. That saw the British & Irish Lions beat South Africa 18-15 in the second Test to win the 1997 series.
Born in Bath and Inducted into the Hall of Fame
Guscott was born in Bath, Somerset, one of the two sons of hospital porter Henry Guscott and his wife Sue. And was educated at Ralph Allen School. He played for his home city throughout his career. Most of which was during the amateur era. Guscott was originally a bricklayer. Briefly drove buses for Badgerline in Bath. Then worked for British Gas in a public-relations role before the game turned professional.
During the English off-season of 1987. Guscott travelled to Australia and played for Wollongong Waratahs RFC in the Illawarra District Rugby Union competition. Later in his career, he also secured work as a fashion model. On 17 November 2016. Guscott was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
England Five Nations Grand Slam Hero – The Prince of Centres
He was known for his smooth-running style. 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.
Marking his England debut with a hat-trick of tries. In the 58–3 win over Romania in Bucharest in May 1989. Guscott received a call-up for the in-progress British and Irish Lions tour of Australia. Making a series-winning contribution in the second and third Tests. He travelled to New Zealand in 1993 with the Lions. Playing in all three Tests. Though in this particular tour the Lions lost 2 matches to 1.
Will Carling, Phil de Glanville and Jeremy Guscott
When Will Carling stepped down as England captain in 1996. Phil de Glanville was appointed his successor. As de Glanville was thereby guaranteed a place in the team. Carling was moved from inside centre to outside centre. And Guscott was relegated to the bench. Such was Guscott’s talent and form at the time that even Carling noted in his autobiography that it was an extraordinary decision for then England Coach, Jack Rowell, to make.
In the 1996 Five Nations. Guscott 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.
England Five Nations Grand Slam Hero – becomes Lions Legend
Guscott toured with the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. Where he scored the winning drop goal during the decisive second test. After outstanding penalty kicking by Wales’ Neil Jenkins kept the Lions in the game. He started the third and final test in this series but broke his arm and could not finish the game.
England Rugby World Cup Teams
His last game in England colours was against Tonga. In a 1999 Rugby World Cup pool match at Twickenham Stadium. Scoring a length-of-field try and receiving a standing ovation upon the game’s conclusion. An increasingly debilitating thigh injury forced Guscott to call time on his career. And take an early exit from 1999 World Cup competition. England would go on to lose to South Africa. Without him, in the Quarter Final.
In all, Guscott represented England in three World Cups – 1991, 1995, and 1999. Helping England to a Final appearance in 1991. He missed most of the 1994 International season through injury. And his form wavered for some time after returning. In particular during the 1995 World Cup, where many believed de Glanville merited a place in the starting line-up over Guscott.
Bath Rugby Success
At club level, Guscott played for Bath from 1984 to 2000. Scoring 710 points in 266 appearances. He also started for Bath in the victorious 1998 Heineken Cup Final as they defeated Brive.
Guscott works for the BBC as a pundit on various rugby programmes.
Celebrating England Five Nations Grand Slam Hero
In addition, we have introduced three new Polo shirts to this outstanding collection – The England Rugby 1991 Polo Shirt World Cup. Also, England Rugby 1995 Shirt Polo Grand Slam. Finally, the England Rugby 1996 Shirt Polo Five Nations.