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Haagy’s Dream Team - Hooker

7 March 2012

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!

Last time, Victor Ubogu took the Tighthead shirt and with the backline, back row and second row positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will pick at Hooker.

'This was again a very hard decision to make - many quality hookers have come through Bath! In fact, I'm still not sure of the order as this was a very close decision and every player had so many different attributes, but, putting my neck on the line here goes...'

The Contenders:

Freddie (Federico) Mendez – Unfortunately, he was only here for a season, from 1997-1998, so not really long enough otherwise he could have been a great asset. I don't think he liked the early morning training sessions mind!

He represented Argentina at the 1995 World Cup, and then spent a year with the Natal Sharks before coming to Bath. He was in the team that won the Heineken Cup, and became the first player to win it twice in 2000 when he won it with Northampton Saints.

His throwing was interesting, but boy could he scrum – a typical Argentinian! He was great in the loose, and was fast for a big man, who loved getting involved in the attack.

Mark Regan - Ronnie was a tremendous player. His lineout was fairly accurate, and again, he was a good scrummager. He could certainly get the best out of his props especially crafty Crompton! Mark was like Graham, an abrasive character, and both were players you wanted on your side rather the opposition! He also had good hands and could deliver a good pass.

He switched between Bristol and Bath in the earlier stages of his career, before finishing up at Leeds. He was with us from 1997-2002, and was a part of the team who won the Heinken Cup in 1998. He also won 46 caps for England, and was part of the British and Irish Lions tour in 1997.

Dream Pick - Graham Dawe

Another fellow Cornishman - he's believed to be the first 50 year to turn out for a professional team, and has only just retired from the game, amazing! A strong farmer with massive hands, his training regime was chasing the pigs around the pen of his farm!

His lineout throw was reasonable, especially as a second row always blames the hooker for not winning it! He was a strong scrummager as well, who certainly new how to rile his opposite number - standing on toes or fingers was a speciality! Extremely fit, Graham could get around the field and would be a great support.

He joined Bath in 1986, and stayed with the Club for 12 years, making 244 appearances, and helping us win 14 trophies in that time. He also represented England, earning five caps for England between 1987 and 1995 – his last was earned at the age of 36!

 

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

1. Prop

2. Graham Dawe

3. Victor Ubogu

4. Steve Borthwick

5. Nigel Redman

6. John Hall

7. Andy Robinson

8. Ben Clarke

 

 

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