Jeremy Guscott

 

Guscott made his international bow against minnows Romania in 1989, announcing his arrival with a hat-trick of tries.

He made the Lions tour to Australia later that year, slotting into the team in the second and third Tests as the northern hemisphere side recorded a famous series victory.

The Bath-born centre’s World Cup highlight comes from the first of this three tournaments, where England reached the final.

Guscott started but England were edged out 12-6 by Australia, with Wallabies prop Tony Daly scoring the only try of the game.

A second Lions tour in 1993 was followed by a second World Cup in 1995 – with a year decimated by injury in 1994 in between – but England were bulldozed out in the semi-finals thanks to Jonah Lomu’s brilliance.

Guscott found himself out of favour with England following the tournament but still made a third Lions tour in 1997, where his drop goal in the second Test proved decisive in a fantastic series win over South Africa.

In 1999, he played in his final World Cup in a struggling England team that was going through a transitional phase.

His last appearance came against Tonga during the tournament, where he scored an interception try and received a standing ovation from an adoring crowd.

VITAL STATISTICS
Country England and British Lions
Position Outside centre
Rugby World Cup campaigns Three (1991, 1995, 1999)
Rugby World Cup record Finalist, 1991
International appearances 65 for England, eight for British Lions
International points 143 for England, seven for British Lions