Dave Baldwin’s Ultimate XV

Date: 17 January 2012

In our weekly feature we ask people in and around the club to compile their ‘Ultimate XV’ of players they have played with and against. This week it is the turn of 1st XV head coach Dave Baldwin.

1 Martin Whitcombe

Played with Martin for Sale, Yorkshire and the North. Great player and a great character had the best times both on and off the field with this guy

2 Norm Hewitt

Only played against this All black a couple of times, a real

freak, massive scrummager and made holes when carrying

3   Jeff Probyn

Unbelievable scrummager . I couldn’t understand why my Prop always had is head in between his legs looking back at me, then I’d remember Probyn

4   Martin Johnson

Don’t need to say much, Legend, lucky enough to play against him while he was young ultra competitive and real handful

5   Ian Jones

Whether playing for the All Blacks or Gloucester so skilful and athletic and wasn’t shy to put it about either

6   Dave Erskine

If you were in the mire this guy would be at your side top player top bloke and mad as a wasp

7   Peter Winterbottom

Played for Yorkshire and the North probably one of the best players I ever played with

8   Dean Richards

Could single handedly change a game and often did so hard to play against, only ever once on the winning side against him

9   Dewi Morris

Definitely a better player than pundit, like playing with an extra forward with a heart like a lion

10 Paul (Tommy) Turner

Genius was an absolute pleasure to play for, turned Sale from an average team into the top team they are today

11 Rory Underwood

Played with him for Yorkshire and the North Just had heaps of Toe out and out finisher

12  Denis Charvet

Played with once Rolls Royce of centre’s on the field and a smooth operator off the field

13 Jos Baxendell

Should have got more caps passing and running lines were unbelievable, just an absolute class act

14 Jason Robinson

Only played for 2 season’s with Jason, at 34 I thought I’d seen it all then Jason arrived fantastic to train and play with and a top bloke as well

15 Big Jim Mallinder

Didn’t play his best Rugby until his late 20 earlier 30s but worth waiting for great for the forwards to see Jim returning ball with half the opposition hanging off him

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