Haagy’s Dream Team - Lock

15 February 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, Nigel Redman took the No.5 shirt and with the backline and back row positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will partner Redman at Lock.

Many people asked if I was picking myself at no.4. Well, as many who know me would guess, that's certainly not going to happen! I had a great time representing Bath and my privilege was playing rugby with all these guys.

So who is worthy for the no.4 shirt? Here are the contenders:

Andy Reed

Another Cornishman! Andy was a big athletic man who was an excellent lineout forward. Once he got going he was also dangerous in the loose. He left Bath to join London Wasps, going on to make 108 appearances for them. He also won 18 caps for Scotland, and played for the British and Irish Lions on the tour to New Zealand in 1993.

German Llanes

German was a big man. Huge! He was brought in by John Hall to take my place! I think this was on the back of German's performance whilst playing for Argentina, where he stuffed Jonno playing against England! He was definitely an unorthodox lineout forward, but a great scrummager and mauler. German was a man for the tight games, especially when playing in the wet, and was very difficult to get the ball off. As with Reedy, German was probably a bit too nice.

Dream Pick –  Steve Borthwick

I remember this young pup turn up at just 18 and you could see he was going to become a Bath legend. Steve was the ultimate professional, although I did see him let his hair down occasionally, one time in Limerick after playing Munster comes to mind!

In ten years with Bath, he made 163 appearances, captaining Bath to the 2008 Challenge Cup final victory in his final game with the Club before he moved to Saracens.

Many said he may be too small for international rugby but he proved them wrong, winning 57 caps so far.

Steve was, and still is no doubt, an excellent leader who demanded high standards from all around him, and he was another one who would get a bit tasty in training!


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. Hooker

3. Prop

4. Steve Borthwick

5. Nigel Redman

6. John Hall

7. Andy Robinson

8. Ben Clarke

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