Wigan v Bath : Guscott won't play

Wigan v Bath : Guscott won't play

Post by Chris Mas » Fri, 01 Mar 1996 04:00:00


According to yesterdays Guardian Jeremy Guscott is refusing to play in
the Wigan v Bath matches claiming that they are pointless and that
Wigan will thrash them at League and they will thrash Wigan at Union.

I reckon that he's heard how many modelling careers Kelvin Skerrit has
ruined :-)

Cheers

Chris
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Wigan v Bath : Guscott won't play

Post by d.m.fis.. » Sat, 02 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>According to yesterdays Guardian Jeremy Guscott is refusing to play in
>the Wigan v Bath matches claiming that they are pointless and that
>Wigan will thrash them at League and they will thrash Wigan at Union.

>I reckon that he's heard how many modelling careers Kelvin Skerrit has
>ruined :-)

You might be right. One thing is for certain ... the excuse he gave was
just that: an excuse. His professional-sounding rationalisation is hardly
convincing, coming from someone who was saying he only played rugby
for fun a few months back.

Personally, I wouldn't be at all surprised if his real reason were even more
pusilanimous. I suspect any fears he has about his 'face' concern its
other meaning.

As I've said before, I expect Wigan to be deprived of the ball during the union
game, but even so, the ball must get to the backs a few times during the game.
If it had got to Guscott, he would have been closed down so quickly by the
Wigan centres that he wouldn't even have been able to manage a decent
off-load, still less the so-called 'mazy' runs which only an RU defence can
concede. If the ball ever got into the hands of those same Wigan centres
they wouldn't need big Kelvin's help to dispose of the obstacle.

Its a shame he's backed out, I would have liked to see him measured against
some serious defensive opposition. If he changed his mind, I for one would
be willing to swallow humble pie if he did manage to perform adequately.

Yours,

Dave Fisher

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Wigan v Bath : Guscott won't play

Post by d.m.fis.. » Sat, 02 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>I have heard that the Bath coach and chairman are quite annonyed
>about Guscotts comments.  He faces disaplinary action when he returns
>to Bath from Englands Five Nations Squad.  It looks like he will be
>playing, after all, he is now a professional and he cannot just pick
>which games he will be available for like he could before.

That's good to hear. Apart from the gratuitous pleasure I'll get from seeing
him out-classed by a bunch of oiks, it might also be the start of things
to come in RU. At the moment, UK players, clubs, and officials in RU, seem
to think that professionalism simply means picking the same old names
and paying them no matter how badly they perform.

Yours,

Dave Fisher

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