a place for pace alone


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Stevenson is fast enough, but he couldn’t drop from the twenty-five line, and a three-quarter who can’t either punt or drop isn’t worth a place for pace alone.
Context: this man is talking about a potential replacement for the currently vacant three-quarter position in a rugby team.

I have absolutely no idea what the last part refer to. Could someone explain it in layman term please?

Source: The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • vkhu

    Senior Member
    I still don't get it. Does that position set up the pacing for the team or something?


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    It means he wasn't worth a place in the team (it wasn't worth picking him) merely because he had pace (speed). He needed other skills which he didn't have.
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