24 January 2012, 12:03pm
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, number 8, and openside flanker positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will pick on the blindside.
"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."
Eric was one of the nicest blokes you could meet, a real gentleman. Another player who could play 8 or 6, he fit the mould of most of the Bath players in that he was a very athletic man. He had good all round skills, in both attack and defence, and he went on to play for, and captain, Scotland.
He joined in 1993, when the game was still amateur, and was also qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, which he returned to when his rugby career finished.
He was playing some of his best rugby of his life when he was crucially injured by dislocating his knee. In true Eric style, his determination to come back was immense - he worked incredibly hard, and to see his face in pure agony when having physio gave me the shivers!
A guy who could play 6 or 8, and was strong and fast, Ojo loved to carry ball. He was a difficult man to stop, and I was very glad he was on our side! In defence, if he saw you and lined you up you better be able to take the hit as he would put in bone crunching tackles. He was also a great lineout forward, as he had an enormous standing jump.
He crossed the great divide by also playing for Gloucester after Bath, as well as Moseley, Overmach Parma and Newport. He also went on to reach 12 caps for England, playing from 1994-1998. After he finished playing he went on to become a coach.
Dream pick – John Hall
A local lad, John was born and bred in Bath. He was an enormous bloke, and if he tackled you hard you really knew about it, as I found out once in training!
His career with Bath spanned 14 years, from his debut against Pontypool in 1981 through to his final appearance in 1995 against Sale. He also played for 21 times for England, scoring tries against the All Blacks, Japan and Argentina.
He was a great athlete and had a fantastic all round game. He wasn't the best lineout jumper, but was very physical and in attack would run hard at people. He also had a short passing game.
All in all he made 277 first XV appearances for Bath, captained the Club towards the end of his career, and became the first Bath Director of Rugby of the professional era.
The Dream Team so far:
15. Audley Lumsden
14. Tony Swift
13. Jeremy Guscott
12. Simon Halliday
11. Adedayo Adebayo
10. Mike Catt
9. Richard Hill
6. John Hall
7. Andy Robinson
8. Ben Clarke
Who will fill the last 5 spots, you can find out in the Bath Rugby match day programme at each home game.