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1. Alan Paver – He’s usu­ally a tight­head but he can cover at loose­head and I want him in my team. He’s not only a top scrum­mager, he knows the game inside out.

2. Chris Fortey – He was my cap­tain dur­ing my time at Hartpury Col­lege. An in­spi­ra­tional player who gave his all for us de­spite ev­ery­thing he had achieved with Worcester and Glouces­ter.

3. Kyle Sinck­ler – I played for Har­lequins when I was younger and Kyle was there too. He’s ba­si­cally a fly-half inside a prop’s body. Amaz­ing hands and skills.

4. Chris Mor­gan – He’s my cap­tain at the Pi­rates and he’d cap­tain this team too. A se­ri­ous work­horse who brings con­fi­dence to the team just by be­ing on the pitch. 5. Ge­orge San­ford – He was the best player I played with while at Lord Wandsworth Col­lege. He used to play for London Ir­ish but had to re­tire very young be­cause of con­cus­sion. 6. Matt Bol­well – My Pi­rates team­mate has no re­spect for his own body. Price­less im­pact at the break­down and the guy you want in your team any day of the week.

7. Sam Sim­monds – He’s so ex­plo­sive as a back rower. Still very young but he’s been su­perb for Ex­eter this sea­son and it wouldn’t sur­prise me to see him play­ing for Eng­land this sea­son. 8. Ross Mo­ri­arty – He was 19 when I played with him at Hartpury but he played like a sea­soned pro tack­ling men like they were boys. Ex­cep­tional player.

9. Kieran Marmion – I trained with Con­nacht for a bit and played with him for the Ir­ish Ex­iles. He was the best player in that team so it’s no sur­prise he went on play for the Ire­land Test team.

10. Billy Burns – He pretty much won us the 2014 Na­tional Two South ti­tle on his own. Moved up to the Glouces­ter first team since then and is do­ing re­ally well. 11. David Lemi – Hav­ing played against him again this sea­son, he’s prob­a­bly the best winger I’ve faced. A good fin­isher and I just hate play­ing against him! 12. Nico de Bat­tista – The hard­est man I know. I’m lucky to be play­ing with such a player at the Pi­rates and he’s one of the best play­ers I’ve ever come across. 13. Rob­bie Hen­shaw – An­other one from my time in Ire­land. A very quiet guy who’s got a great of­fload­ing game. Pleased to see him do well with the Lions last sum­mer. 14. An­thony Wat­son – I came up against him at school even if he was two years younger than me. He was brilliant then and he’s show­ing it to every­one now on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

15. Matt Evans – He’s helped me so much on and off the field and he’s some­one I re­ally look up to. Has strug­gled with in­jury in re­cent months so great to have him back.

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