Haagy’s Dream Team - Loosehead Prop

13 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, Graham Dawe was picked at Hooker 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 Loosehead Prop.

The contenders:

David Barnes - Although I know the boys wish I hadn't chosen Barnesy, but I'll give him a joint place with Kevin Yates!  

Barnsey was incredibly mobile and would often try and out do me in pre-season training! The only thing wrong about him really was that he was a Harlequin before coming to Bath!

I only a short time behind him before I left, but he was a good scrummager, and went on to make a huge 266 appearances for Bath in total.

Yatesy was very similar to Barnes - very athletic, a good scrummager and totally uncompromising.


Dave Hilton - Another player to follow many by crossing the short divide from Bristol.

Hilts played 41 games for Scotland until he was banned for not having a Scottish grandparent as he first thought (turned out his Grandfather was born in Bristol not Edinburgh)! Consequently he moved to Glasgow Warriors after Bath to gain qualification for the national side on residential grounds.

He was a tremendous modern prop forward. He was quick over a short distance and mobile, but also a very strong scrummager.

I remember having to scrummage behind him during an intense period in the European Cup Final for about what seemed like 20 scrums, and he just didn't move, he dug deep and was as solid as a rock.

Dream pick - Gareth "Cooch" Chilcott

Cooch is another Bath legend who, if he was playing tonight, would relish the opportunity of playing against Leicester in a semi-final at the Rec.

What a character – he was one of the funniest men you will ever meet. Along with some of the other old experienced wily players Cooch looked after me whilst learning my trade. Thankfully he was on my side – I would have hated him playing against me!

I'm sure he would say he was unlucky to get sent off a few times but off the field he was a gentleman and would go out of his way to help people.

On the field he had some nice touches for a prop. Scrummaging behind him was a pleasure as he was technically good and very strong. He made something like 370 odd appearances for Bath in his 16 years here, and also won 14 England caps.


The Dream Team:

15. Audley Lumsden

14. Tony Swift

13. Jeremy Guscott

12. Simon Halliday

11. Adedayo Adebayo

10. Mike Catt

9. Richard Hill

1. Gareth Chilcott

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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