1. Jason Leonard – Anyone who plays 114 games for England is special. Great bloke who always put his body on the line and there was a footballer in there too.
2. Sean Fitzpatrick – Everything you think a New Zealander should be – rugged, courageous and brutal. Never afraid to mix it, always led from the front and a mightily fine hooker.
3. Victor Ubogu – Explosive prop who, in the modern game, would make huge dents. Jack Rowell once asked, ‘What shall we do now?’ Victor said, ‘Give me the ball…’ bang, five points!
4. Nigel Redman – Not the biggest but toughest bloke I played with. Capped 22 times by England and dropped 21 times, but proved if you work hard you can achieve great things.
5. Ian Jones – Mr Consistency. Slender build but still the most-capped Kiwi second row and a hugely athletic man.
6. Richard Webster – We had a saying at Bath that you can’t fire a canon from a canoe and he was a robust, hard man who helped our pack earn the right for guys like me to play.
7. Francois Pienaar – Model rugby player who handled the political side of the South African game brilliantly. Fine leader and nuisance of a back row forward.
8. Zinzan Brooke – Epitomised my philosophy on rugby – run, kick, pass – and any No.8 who can drop a goal from 45m deserves a special place, even if it was against England!
9. John Preston – Not technically the most gifted, quickest or best box kicker, but a brilliant member of Bath’s group.
10. Michael Lynagh – Stuart Barnes comes close but Bath were once stuffed by 50 points at Vicarage Road and Lynagh’s was the most complete display by a 10 I ever saw.
11. Jason Robinson – Originally going for Inga Tuigamala but the brilliant, diminutive Robinson was behind the demise of the classic side-step with his incredible two-step routine.
12. Jeremy Guscott – Two British Lions tours and a man who made things happen. Pain in the bum to play with sometimes but pure genius – pace, power, could drop goals and turn games.
13. Simon Halliday – Man before his time who would be a million pound player today. Great reader and thinker about the game who was a big help to me at Bath.
14. Emile Ntamack – Graceful, tall and powerful in his pomp for Toulouse and France. Scored a hat-trick at The Rec in a big European game once and had a knack of poaching tries.
15. Matt Perry – Played against Andre Joubert, Paul Thorburn and Gavin Hastings but Matt gets the nod. Fearless under the high ball, fantastic counter-attack and a great left boot.
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