1. Joe Mar­ler - One of the hard­est men in rugby and that’s why he’s go­ing on the Lions tour this sum­mer. Joe is a fan­tas­tic player and a great ball car­rier.

2. Dave Ward - He’s a chameleon and can play in all the po­si­tions. One of the best around at turn­ing the ball over and if it wasn’t for his throw­ing he’d prob­a­bly be the best hooker in the world.

3. Carl Hay­man - I played against him when he was at New­cas­tle and then at Toulon. He was one of the best tight­heads in the world and could hold the scrum like no other. 4. James Hor­will - For­mer Wal­la­bies and a fan­tas­tic leader. He brought so much at Quins with his ex­pe­ri­ence. Very com­mand­ing and knows what he wants from the boys.

5. Paul Tu­pai - I used to play with him at Bedford and he’s still go­ing strong at 42. Un­be­liev­able achieve­ment for such a de­struc­tive player. 6. Chris Rob­shaw - An­other fan­tas­tic player who does all the un­seen work and doesn’t get the praises for it. Al­ways look­ing for the ball at the break­down.

7. Ge­orge Smith - I don’t need to say much more. As a ref­eree my­self, I can tell you he’s al­ways on the brink of the law at the break­down but he’s so ef­fec­tive. 8. Ju­nior Paramore - An­other old Samoan who was so de­struc­tive for Bedford. Very in­tense player who al­ways gave you that go-for­ward. 9. Karl Dick­son - Ob­vi­ously! Surely you have to pick your­self when se­lect­ing a dream team. It was a close call but my brother Lee can sit on the re­place­ment bench for that one.

10. Nick Evans - One of the best play­ers I’ve come across. Fan­tas­tic player and fan­tas­tic bloke. That per­for­mance last Fri­day against Wasps just says it all really. 11. Bryan Ha­bana - He might not be at his best any­more but in his prime he was one of the best wingers in the world. Al­ways there to pluck a loose pass and run an in­ter­cept try. 12. Mathieu Bastareaud - If you’re look­ing for go-for­ward in mid­field you can’t look past the big French­man. Just give him the ball and watch him make easy me­tres. 13. Sammy Tuitupou - I’ve al­ways liked the way he’s played for Sale over the years. A great ball car­rier, a great guy and a great ser­vant to rugby.

14. David Smith - He’s now at Cas­tres but he was at Toulon when I played against him. Great feet and speed but didn’t get much credit for what he’s done there.

15. Mike Brown - Most in­tense char­ac­ter you’ll meet but that’s the rea­son he’s been at the top of his game for so long. He al­ways wants to win – even in train­ing.

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