1. Soane Tonga’uiha – Chubby bloke at Bedford but reinvented himself at Saints as a destructive, ball-carrying prop who loved running. A great bloke and a legend at both clubs.
2. Dylan Hartley – Met Dylan in Saints’ academy and took him under my wing. Loves the game, proved himself a great hooker and leader and will captain England to great things.
3. Phil Boulton – Did nine years with this guy and he’s hard as nails on the field and a good bloke off it. Starred in one of our best Bedford teams.
4. George Kruis – Came to Bedford for a year and bought into our way. Great attitude for a young guy and was always destined to go on to big things with England.
5. Alex Rae – Like Dylan, came through the Saints academy and is really knowledgeable about the game. Didn’t work out at the highest level but a great leader at Bedford.
6. Sacha Harding – I’ve played with and against some big boys but this guy was one of the biggest hitters I’ve come across. Not flash, wasn’t skilful but he could cut people in half. 7. Darren Fox – Mad man who should have won England caps. Rock hard competitor with a huge heart. 8. Ben Lewitt – A pretty boy, but always had blood on his jersey when he came off. Should have done better in his Saints career, always put his body on the line. 9. Ian Vass – The most skilful player you’ll ever come across... and the chubbiest! Had a big future at Saints but was unlucky with injury and had Matt Dawson and Mark Robinson in his way. Read the game well and is now a great coach. 10. Carlos Spencer – The magician! A guy I read about all the time in the papers in New Zealand, where I played against him. To get the chance to play with him at Saints was a privilege. 11. Josh Bassett – The most underrated wing in England. Came through Bedford’s system, represented England U20s with us and now starring for Wasps. Great to see him doing well and England should take a look.
12. Owen Farrell – Like Kruis, bought into the Bedford way when on loan and never thought he was better than anyone else. Good bloke, mentally tough.
13. Duncan Taylor – As a skinny 19-year-old with dreadlocked hair he didn’t look like a rugby player, but had super skills and a big heart and Saracens spotted his potential. 14. Chris Ashton – Scored tries, but also a great guy off the field who brought character to the dressing room at Saints. Why did England turn their backs on him? 15. Bruce Reihana – Ultimate professional. Wonderful attacker who exuded All Blacks class. Destined to be a top coach.