Jeremy Guscott is one of the most brilliant talents ever produced in English rugby- a player of astonishing natural gifts. His career has been a succession of triumph -at club level with the remarkable machine that is Bath, with the England team which banished years of painful under achievement and won three Grand Slams in five years, and with the victorious 1989 British Lions and 1993 Lions Team. He has been part of a remarkable boom in the game’s popularity.
Jeremy was born on 7th July 1965, one of two sons Susan and Henry Guscott. He was raised in Bath and educated at Ralph Allen School, where he shone at just about every athletic activity he tried – notably football, cricket and Judo. He showed outstanding promise in judo winning a South West title.
His introduction to rugby came when he was seven years old, and has joined the ‘ Bath Rugby Minis’; he played for them regularly until the age of sixteen. He transferred to Walcot Juniors and played for the Bath Youth Team. His first Bath match came in 1985 when he was nineteen and soon he was a regular player for the Bath, representing Somerset and the South West Region Team. The England ‘B’ cap was awarded to Jeremy in 1988. Since then Jeremy’s club, Bath, have been overwhelming champions of the Courage League and winners of the Pilkington Cup.
Jeremy celebrated his first England cap in 1989 by taking a hat trick of tries against Romania in Bucharest. He now has almost 50 caps and has scored twenty tries and two drop goals.
A very successful 1991 season saw England reaching the finals of The World Cup and achieving the Grand Slam in the Five Nations’ Cup. The ‘Grand Slam’ success was repeated in 1992 and 1995 making England the most successful of the Five Nations teams ever. In 1992 Jeremy became a member of the World XI Tour to New Zealand to celebrate the centenary year of the All Blacks. Following his selection to play for the British Lions in Australia in 1989 where Jeremy was instrumental in securing an historic victory, Jeremy was honoured to represent them again in 1993 against New Zealand.
The lack lustre performance of the English backs without Jeremy would have ensured his selection of England’s tour of South Africa in May 1994 (the first of South Africa for over a decade) but due to an injury that limited his rugby to three matches in the 1993/94 season, Jeremy was unable to join the England team.
October 1994 saw Jeremy on the fitness comeback trail as he had his first games of rugby for over twelve months for his club, Bath. Such were his performances that despite no international experience for 17 months, the England selectors had any hesitation naming him for the international against Romania at Twickenham reuniting his centre partnership with Will Carling in November 1994, reuniting his centre partnership with Will Carling.
Jeremy was a critical member of England’s 1995 and 1991 Rugby World Cup.
Off the pitch Jeremy’s impact has been no less marked. He is one of the first crop of players to take full advantage of the long-delayed new freedoms in the game as it moves to full professionalism. His transcendence from the game of rugby to the fields of television presenting, radio commentating and modelling has made him a household name. He appears regularly in the style magazines and is featured on the top list of best-dressed sportsmen.
Numbering among his television credits in his third series as presenter of Carlton TV’s ‘Body Heat’ with co-presenter Sally Gunnell and Mike Smith to be transmitted in summer 196. Jeremy knew next to nothing about opera until he was asked to present the new BBC2 children’s series ‘Top Score’, a six part child-friendly introduction to the world of opera. This highly rated music documentary adopts the style of ‘Grandstand’ with Jeremy in the studio to explore the world of opera through the staging of ‘La Boheme’ at the Royal Opera House.
Articulate and at ease when in the public eye, in the period when he was unable to play due to injury Jeremy slotted comfortably into the commentary teams at the BBC and ITV, covering the 1994 Five Nations Championships, Pilkington Cup Final and England historic trip to South Africa. His broadcasting career has taken off and Jeremy is now a regular contributor to BBC Radio Sport on Five. He is also the Daily Express newspaper’s rugby columnist.
Jeremy’s autobiography ‘At The Centre’ was published in autumn 1995. His views on the success of Bath and England, on Will Carling his controversial captain and many other aspects of the modern game are often unexpected. Certainly there are very few people who can claim to have a true understanding of the man. The book provides that insight.
In addition to his rugby and burgeoning media career Jeremy works as a consultant for British Gas. Jeremy is an excellent and enthusiastic golfer with a handicap of 12. His other leisure interests include tennis, clay pigeon shooting and fly-fishing.
Jeremy and his wife Jayne and daughter Imogen and Holly live in Bath.