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Haagy’s Dream Team

4 January 2012, 11:02am

Haagy’s Dream Team

If you've bought the match day programmes this season then you'll have seen that we have been taking a look back through the archives to compile a Bath Rugby dream team – and who better to give us his choices than First Team Coach and ex-Bath player, Martin Haag!

With the backline and number 8 positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will pick on the openside flank.

"Picking my Bath Rugby dream team is an incredibly difficult task, as I played with so many players who have played a huge part in the success of the Club – from when I first joined and played with the Spartans, the 3rd team in those days, right up to the First XV. I've put the thinking cap on though, and from those I played with in my time playing at the Club, these are my selections."

The contenders:

Richard Webster

Richard started his career with Swansea, and joined Bath after a stint with in rugby league, where he played for the Salford City Reds, and represented Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. He played 26 matches in total in his two year stint with the club, starting a very impressive 24 of them.

He loved the physical side of the game, especially the big hits in defence! He wouldn't take a single backward step during the game and his big asset was his ball carrying ability and his physical presence – it would take a big effort to stop him when he was in full flow!

Angus Gardiner

Angus was an Englishman who started his rugby career with the Canterbury Crusaders before coming across for a two year stint with Bath in 1999. In total, he ran out for Bath 24 times during his time here. 

He was very much like the mould of Andy Robinson, but with a bigger frame. He had superb technical skills, and was a real nuisance at the breakdown – exactly what you want from your openside! He was another player who liked linking up with the backs, and had great passing skills.

Dream Pick – Andy Robinson

Andy had big shoes to fill when he started as he took over from Roger Spurrell! In total, he played 249 1st XV games for Bath, 229 pre-professional and 20 during the professional era, scoring some 37 tries in the process.

He wasn't the biggest player, but he was ferocious at the breakdown. He would, like all good 7s, put his head where it hurts! Unlike many modern day 7s, he had a natural rugby brain, and his linking with the backs kept the ball alive and the game flowing a lot of the time.

He's one of the few players who has gone on to have a successful coaching career, having enjoyed stints with Bath, England, Edinburgh, Scotland A and now Scotland.

 

15. Audley Lumsden

14. Tony Swift

13. Jeremy Guscott

12. Simon Halliday

11. Adedayo Adebayo

10. Mike Catt

 9. Richard Hill

 1. Prop

 2. Hooker

 3. Prop

 4. Lock

 5. Lock

 6. Flanker

 7. Andy Robinson

 8. Ben Clarke

Who will fill the last 6 spots, you can find out in the Bath Rugby match day programme at each home game.

 

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