Bris­tol hooker Tom Lind­say picks his best XV

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1. Tim Payne – Top bloke on and off the field, B&I Lion who had one of the high­est work rates out of all our Wasps team. Mas­sively helped me when I was younger.

2. Schalk Brits – Lucky to have played with and against him and he broke the mould. Like hav­ing an ex­tra back, no hooker could match his tal­ent around the field.

3. Phil Vickery – World Cup-win­ning B&I Lion who helped me a lot when I was younger. So de­struc­tive at scrum time and around the park and a true war­rior of the game. 4. Court­ney Lawes – Player you al­ways have to look out for be­cause he can come out of nowhere and melt you in a tackle. Un­be­liev­able ath­lete with great aerial skills.

5. Si­mon Shaw – Shawsy was an ab­so­lute man moun­tain for Wasps with those huge shov­els for mits. Had great han­dling abil­ity and used to dom­i­nate the game aeri­ally. 6. Andy Pow­ell – An­other B&I Lion I was lucky to play with and against. Great char­ac­ter, one of the best car­ri­ers in the game and could put in some big shots in de­fence.

7. Ge­orge Smith – Still rais­ing the bar. His work rate is un­be­liev­able. The most down to earth bloke for some­one who has achieved so much in a ca­reer span­ning 20 years.

8. Billy Vu­nipola – Billy is with­out doubt the most de­struc­tive ball car­rier in the game right now. Great feet and an un­be­liev­able skill set. There aren’t many play­ers like him.

9. Joe Simp­son – I have known Joe since I was 15 and we grew up in the Wasps academy. Elec­tric pace, sav­age side step and a great rugby brain not to men­tion a good bloke.

10. Andy Goode – For some­one who used to get so much abuse thrown his way, Goodey was ‘Mr Con­sis­tent’. Great bloke who ran a game ef­fort­lessly and had a su­perb boot. 11. Ge­orge North – An­other man moun­tain who has the abil­ity to run around and over you when play­ing against him. Ridicu­lously good ath­lete who takes some stop­ping. 12. Sam Tuitupou – For a smaller guy he car­ried and tack­led like a back row. Such an ex­plo­sive player who dented so many back lines in­ter­na­tion­ally and do­mes­ti­cally. 13. Yan­nick Jauzion – Played 237 times for Toulouse. In his prime he was one of the most dan­ger­ous ball car­ri­ers in the world and such a dan­ger­ous guy to play against. 14. Chris­tian Wade – Wadey scores tries for fun and ac­cel­er­a­tion and foot­work stand him out. So pow­er­ful too. I hope he goes over to Amer­ica and carves it up in NFL.

15. Alex Goode – Per­forms week-in, week-out for Sara­cens, safe as houses un­der the high ball, elec­tric with the ball in hand. Foot­work and scram­ble de­fence is world class.

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