Haagy's Dream Team - Tighthead Prop

23 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, Steve Borthwick took the No.4 shirt and with the backline and back row positions already having been picked throughout the season, it's time to see who Haagy will pick at Tighthead Prop.

What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon - with your hand up a man's crutch! Here are my choices for Tighthead Prop...

The contenders:

Richard Lee - I first met Offie a long time ago, and he was one of the old school props.

A farmer by trade, he was a massive bloke – his shoulders were huge, and he had a big smile to compliment them. He was also a great person to scrum behind as you knew that he would just be solid as a rock.

He made his debut on 1979, and by the time he finally played his last game against Treviso in 1992 he had amassed a huge 363 appearances for the 1st XV, and scored 33 tries in the process – not bad for a prop!

Always one for an off-field bevy, he was a man of many stories who could always make me laugh – all in all a great man on and off the field.

John Mallett – a.k.a Shep - John was always in competition with Victor, but he was a great player to have in your team.

He was a true professional, and always trying and working to improve his game. Abrasive around the field, he developed into a very strong scrummager.

He was with Bath up until 2002, playing his part in three league titles, three Anglo-Welsh Cup victories and the Heineken Cup.  He was also good at cleaning out rucks, and if he caught you, you'd know about it! And we knew about it, as he could be a feisty character in training too!

Dream pick - Victor Ubogu

The first time I met Victor was at a trial game at Richmond, and he was playing on the wing! His Jonah Lomu impression didn't last long though, because he soon joined Bath and was moved straight to prop! It took him some time to mentally make the transition, but he developed into a fantastic modern prop. Along with Steve Ojomoh and Adebayo, Victor was one of the only players I know who would come to training in a limo!

He became a strong scrummager, but he was also dynamic in the loose. Some of the tries he scored were like he was playing on the wing again! A difficult man to get down, he would always make yards.

And who could forget the fantastic try against Cardiff he scored in the quarter final of the Heineken Cup?!


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. Victor Ubogu

4. Steve Borthwick

5. Nigel Redman

6. John Hall

7. Andy Robinson

8. Ben Clarke

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