|Full name||Nigel John Heslop|
4 December 1963|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||13 st 0 lb (83 kg)|
Nigel John Heslop (born 4 December 1963 in West Hartlepool) is a rugby union, and rugby league footballer of the 1990s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for England, and at club level for Orrell R.U.F.C. (two spells), and Liverpool St Helens F.C. as a Wing, and club level rugby league (RL) for Oldham, at the time of his move to Oldham, he was employed by Merseyside Police.
Nigel Heslop represented England on ten occasions between 1990-1992, playing in two of the matches of the 1991 Rugby World Cup, including a very physical encounter with France. He was a member of England's 1991 5 Nations Grand Slam winning side, scoring a try against the Scots at Twickenham in the Calcutta Cup match of that year. He was surprisingly dropped for the first two matches of the World Cup, in favour of Chris Oti: marked his return with a try in the third and final group-stage match against the USA: but emerged from the quarter-final against France considerably battered and bruised. Although he completed the match he was not judged fit to start in either the semi-final or final, his place being taken by the squad's utility-back replacement, Simon Halliday. Heslop took a place on the bench for both matches but was not called on to play. England kept the World Cup Final back line in place throughout the 1992 season, keeping Heslop on the bench: his final international appearance was in the final match of that season, coming on as a replacement for Carling in the final few minutes.
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