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Kelvin Skerrett (born (1966-05-22)22 May 1966) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played as prop or second-row forward in the 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 2000s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and Wales, and at club level for Hunslet, Bradford Northern, Western Suburbs Magpies, Wigan and the Halifax Blue Sox,,[2] and coached at club level for Oulton Raiders ARLFC, and Methley Royals ARLFC.

Kelvin Skerrett
Personal information
Full nameKelvin Skerrett
Born (1966-05-22) 22 May 1966 (age 53)
Methley, Leeds, England[1]
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1984–85 Hunslet ?? 0 0 0 0
1987–90 Bradford Northern ?? 14 0 0 56
1989–90 Wests (Sydney) 5 0 0 0 0
1990–96 Wigan 176 21 0 0 84
1997–99 Halifax Blue Sox 33 2 0 0 8
Total 37 0 0 148
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–93 Great Britain 16 0 0 0 0
1995–98 Wales 3 0 0 0 0
Source: [2]

Kelvin Skerrett was born in Methley, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Kelvin Skerrett was a Welsh international and played at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. He played for Wigan from 1990 to 1996, a successful period for that team, making 176 appearances (including 21 substitute appearances) and scoring 21 tries,[3] and was named among BBC sports commentator Ray French's best Wigan XIII.[4] During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, he played for defending champions Wigan as a prop in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. He was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. During the 1992–93 Rugby Football League season he played from the bench in Great Britain's loss to Australia in the World Cup Final at Wembley.[2] Skerrett also played at prop for defending RFL champions Wigan in the 1992 World Club Challenge against the visiting Brisbane Broncos.

Kelvin Skerrett played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in Bradford Northern's 12-12 draw with Castleford in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1987–88 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 October 1987, played left-second-row in the 11-2 victory over Castleford in the 1987 Yorkshire County Cup Final replay during the 1987–88 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 31 October 1987, played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in the 20-14 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1989 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1989–90 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Sunday 5 November 1989, and played left-prop in Wigan's 5-4 victory over St. Helens in the 1992 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1992–93 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 18 October 1992.[5]

Kelvin Skerrett played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in Wigan's 2-33 defeat by Castleford in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy Final during the 1993–94 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994, and played left-prop in the 40-10 victory over Warrington in the 1994–95 Regal Trophy Final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 28 January 1995.[6]

After his playing career ended, Skerrett coached at British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) Oulton Raiders ARLFC. He was later appointed Head Coach of new amateur rugby league club Methley Royals in 2009,[1] to stand in for Tony Handforth, who had suffered a stroke. Handforth later returned to take back his job.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Skerrett Takes Charge At Methley". RFL Official website. RFL. Retrieved 25 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Kelvin Skerrett". Wigan Warriors – The Official Site. Wigan Warriors. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Ray French's best Wigan XIII". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 6 December 2008.
  5. ^ "1992–1993 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ "28th January 1995: Warrington 10 Wigan 40 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Tony Handforth: Methley coach to return after illness". Yorkshire Evening Post. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2012.

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