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Haagy’s alternative Dream Team - Forwards

3 April 2012

I hope you have enjoyed the Dream Team throughout the season, and that it has provoked thought and debate across all you supporters.

As I have said, it has been very difficult to choose from so many good players I played with during my time at Bath - from the Spartans United through to the First Team.

One thing they all had in common was they played for the shirt, they understood why Bath was here and they all wanted to play with their mates.

But, I couldn't choose everyone because there wouldn't have been enough paper! So this week I've chosen an alternative forward pack that many might not know the names of, but were equally important in the success of Bath Rugby as some of the more well known faces. Often we used to train 1st against 2nds and this pack would be pretty good in its own right. Some would have played many games for the 1st team and just missed out on Dream Team selection. 

 

1. Chris Lilley – Lills looked after me when I was just a young pup coming through the ranks a couple of games against Matson and Ponty come to mind! He also set up a winning try by putting a grubber through for the winger to score in the John Player Cup!

2. Jimmy Deane – Still a bundle of energy running the Bath Rugby Foundation and coaching the Bath Ladies, I remember Jimmy coming on against Toulon as a sub and at the very next scrum he had to come off with a massive cut down his forehead!

3. Steve Kipling – Steve was a local lad from Keynsham. He was a trong scrummager and had a deft pair of hands, especially for a prop!

4. Chris Blake – Chris was a big, strong man, and a good social lad too! He's now living down Devon way.

5. Pete Miles – A big Cinderford man, Pete was one of Jack's favourites - quite often the only thing you could hear at training was Jack shouting at him!

6. Nick Maslen – Nick was a real stalwart of the Club. He was a very tough man, and a tremendous captain.

7. Kevin Withey – Who can forget his great try against Gloucester in the 1990 Pilkington Cup Final?! Probably 50 yards and set up a great final, which ended in Bath smashing the Cherry and Whites 48-6!

8. Julian Olds – Another Keynsham lad, Julian was fit, strong and very physical in both attack and defence – just what you want from your number 8!

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