Only here for the Guinness
September 18, 1999
The myth of the professional rugby player - abandoning the after match "session" in favour of a couple of pints of orange and lemonade - will be tested during the World Cup by sponsors Guinness, when one of the 600 men who have been honing his physique for the past year could go home with a year's supply of the black stuff.
Guinness will award the prize to any player to score a try within 119.5 seconds of a match... the same amount of time which the Dublin brewery says it takes to pour the perfect pint.
Except to the first man to perform the feat... he will have to choose a charity to which Guinness will donate £10,000
Top contender will be Scotland's John Leslie who needed only nine seconds to score on his Five Nations debut in February.
But Scrum's preference would be to see the prize go to the South African second string fly-half.
Though in that case Jannie de Beer would be morally obliged to change his surname...
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