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1. Craig Voisey – Mo­bile prop who can play both sides of the scrum and a top bloke with fan­tas­tic workrate. Tops the tackle charts for a prop and al­most like hav­ing an­other loose for­ward.

2. Dane Coles – Played with him at Poneke in Welling­ton be­fore he broke through with Hur­ri­canes and the All Blacks. Quick as any back, tough and can hit li­ne­outs in any weather. 3. Karena Wi­hongi – Mas­sive old Kiwi who I played with at Sale. An­chored our scrum su­perbly and had great danc­ing feet as well.

4. Mike Pow­ell – My cap­tain when I first came to Mose­ley. Didn’t do much around the field but a hard-nut who was a good speaker and leader and ran the li­ne­out. 5. Shaun Pam­menter – South African en­forcer who these days sails for a liv­ing. Did all the grunt when we won Na­tional One with Birm­ing­ham.

6. Paul Tu­pai – Played with him at Bed­ford. Hard man who would have your back if there was any nig­gle. Dished out as much as he got and was a night­mare to play against.

7. Olly Robin­son – Had a year at Mose­ley and you could see his po­ten­tial. Good all-round open­side and li­ne­out op­tion who’s had a re­ally good year at Cardiff.

8. Colin Bourke – Tal­ented Bay of Plenty man who went on to play for High­landers and Chiefs and is now in Ja­pan with Ri­coh. Great No.8 who can play fly-half and kick

goals as well. 9. Sam Brown – Our No.9 at Mose­ley and a nugget of a player who would have gone a lot fur­ther had it not been for in­jury and his so­cial life. 10. Char­lie Hodg­son – Qual­ity player who ran the show at Sale and then Sara­cens. Re­li­able boot and great or­gan­iser and passer who should have won a lot more caps.

11. Si­mon Hunt – Still holds the try-scor­ing record for Na­tional One. Big old boy who could cre­ate some­thing from noth­ing and an all­rounder who went on to play for Eng­land 7s. 12. Greg King – Ca­reer ham­pered by in­jury and con­cus­sion but came to Mose­ley from

Worces­ter and was class. A game-changer who punched above his weight. 13. Misi­palauni

Moananu – Big leg­end around the Welling­ton area after play­ing 300-odd games for Poneke. Mas­sive phys­i­cal pres­ence and a guy to look up to.

14. Ben Co­hen – Huge player for Northamp­ton, Sale and Eng­land and a great pro­fes­sional who scored a bucket load of tries. Great de­fender but also a hand­ful to de­fend against. 15. Paul Wil­liams – Gifted Samoan all­rounder who was safe un­der the high ball but could play equally well in mid­field. Great run­ner, good de­fender and scored tries as well.

CHRIS BRIGHTWELL, MOSE­LEY AND FOR­MER BIRM­ING­HAM, BED­FORD, SALE & ENG­LAND 7s BACK ROW, CHOOSES THE BEST XV HE HAS PLAYED WITH OR AGAINST...

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