John Basnett

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John Basnett
Personal information
Full nameJohn Basnett
Bornfirst ¼ 1957 (age 6364) [1]
Wallasey, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
≤1981–81 New Brighton F.C.
Rugby league
Position Wing
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1981–87 Widnes 20110300381
1987–88 Leeds 3970028
Total24011000409
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1984–86 Great Britain 20000
1982–86 Lancashire 31004
Source: [2] [3]

John Basnett (birth registered first ¼ 1957) is an English rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for New Brighton F.C., Winnington Park RFC and for Cheshire in the RFU County Championship competition and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and at club level for Widnes, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5. [2]

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Background

John Basnett's birth was registered in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

Playing career

International honours

John Basnett won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Widnes in 1984 against France, and in 1986 in the 1985 - 1988 Rugby League World Cup against Australia. [2]

Despite Basnett only playing in one game for Great Britain against Australia in 1986, Australian former captain Wally Lewis named him as one of the best English test wingers he had played against. Lewis praised Basnett's efforts in keeping his opposite number Dale Shearer quiet, although Great Britain ultimately lost the third Ashes test 24-15 played at the Central Park ground in Wigan.

Challenge Cup Final appearances

John Basnett played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Widnes 14-14 draw with Hull F.C. in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final during the 1981–82 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 92,147, played left wing in the 9-18 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1982 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1981–82 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Wednesday 19 May 1982, in front of a crowd of 41,171, and played left wing, i.e. number 5, in the 19-6 victory over Wigan in the 1984 Challenge Cup Final during the 1983–84 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 5 May 1984, in front of a crowd of 80,116.

County Cup Final appearances

John Basnett played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Widnes' 8-12 defeat by Barrow in the 1983 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1983–84 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 1 October 1983.

John Player Special Trophy Final appearances

John Basnett played left wing, i.e. number 5, (replaced by interchange/substitute Carl Gibson) in Leeds' 14-15 defeat by St. Helens in the 1987–88 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1987–88 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 January 1988.

Club career

John Basnett was the first Widnes player to score 5-tries in a match, scoring them in a John Player Trophy tie away to Batley, he later repeated this feat scoring all five tries in a 26-8 league win over Hull Kingston Rovers in 1986.

Outside of rugby

John Basnett currently lives in Cuddington, just outside Northwich, Cheshire, with his wife (Anne) and two children (William and Adam).

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. RL Record Keepers' Club