Haagy’s Dream Team - Lock

6 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!

With the backline and back row positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will pick at Lock.

The Contenders for the Number 5 shirt:

Damian Cronin

This Scottish lad was a big athlete who, when knees permitted, was very quick and a tremendous carrier of the ball. A good lineout forward, as he could get in the air quickly. He decided to move clubs unfortunately when picked for Scotland. He went on to play for Scotland about 45 times in total, was part of the Grand Slam winning side in 1990, and also become a British and Irish Lion on the 1993 tour of New Zealand. I remember getting told off in my first few training sessions for tackling him a couple of times from a free kick move!

Danny Grewcock

I had the great pleasure of touring Argentina and gaining my first cap for England in 1997. On that tour and also gaining his first cap was a young Danny Grewcock. Whilst I only had that time playing with him it was a pleasure, and of course Danny went on to some amazing things with England and Bath.

He played for Bath for 10 years all in all, making 229 appearances in total, won 65 England caps and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2001 and 2005.
Only just retired, "The Enforcer" was a tough, uncompromising character, who was excellent in the set piece, made the hard yards for the pretty boys in the backs, and would sort out any nonsense before it started!

Dream pick - Nigel Redman

I spent many an afternoons with my arm around Nigel – in the scrums I might add! I played most of my rugby with him, and we were probably the shortest pairing Bath could muster! Despite being told he was too short, Nigel repeatedly proved many people wrong. He had good footwork in the lineout and go-gadget arms that could reach most throws from our hookers, which weren't always straight!

He joined in 1983, and made a staggering 349 appearances in total for Bath. He made his England debut in 1984 against Australia, and won 20 caps in total. He also went on the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

He had a habit of knocking himself out when taking short free kicks close in. There was no footwork - just him running straight at the line. Whilst not one to start a fight, he was both physically and mentally tough. He was always a good one for a few stories too, like the time he sprayed oil from his new rowing machine all over his newly decorated lounge!

You can see who will partner Redman in the second row by buying the match day programme for this weekend's game against Newcastle Falcons.

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. Lock

5. Nigel Redman

6. John Hall

7. Andy Robinson

8. Ben Clarke

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