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The Rugby Paper Dream Team: Barney Maddison


The second-rower spoke to The Rugby Paper to reveal the best XV that he has played with or against.



1. Robin ‘Bomber’ Hislop

Has been one of the best looseheads in the Championship for past few years and brings a lot of ‘Puggy’ on the pitch and on a night out. Honourable mention for Peter ‘Bullet’ Southern, my old mate from Tynedale.


2. Charlie Maddison

If I don’t put him in, he will lose his head, which doesn’t take much at the best of times. One of the best hookers in the Championship for the past few years.


3. Mark Tampin

Can’t choose between him and Lewis Thiede. One’s a keyboard warrior and one’s a hanging bloke, but they will do a decent job for 80 minutes between them.


4. Josh Thomas Brown

Absolute social hand grenade but knew how to run a lineout when we were at Rotherham and London Welsh together… when he was actually fit!


5. Rayn Smid

Back rower by trade but loves a stint in the second row. Top player but I haven’t got much else to say as he’s very, very boring.


6. Kieran Murphy

Known as ‘Big Red’ around the borough of Ealing on account of his hair. Loves a lineout steal and losing his head in training if you don’t do exactly what he wants.


7. Jack Preece

If he wasn’t knee high to a grass- hopper he would have had a fair amount of Premiership games under his belt by now, I reckon. Up there with the best I’ve seen over a ball.


8. Alex Rieder

One of the most hanging blokes I know but one hell of a rugby player who thoroughly deserved his chance at Wasps. Such a shame injury forced him to quit.


9. Scott Steele

Relentless on and off the pitch for London Irish. Loves a jackal and keeps a team ticking over. Hopefully, he’ll go well for Harlequins.


10. Dallan Murphy

Looks like Charlie Dimmock but one of the best attacking 10s I’ve played with at Rotherham.


11. James Cordy Redden

Unbelievable under a high ball and a standout player in the Championship for years. Couldn’t organise a social to save his life though.


12. Pale Nonu

Brother of Ma’a who was at Rotherham for a while. For a big guy he had silly feet and an unbelievable skillset. Shame about his kicking game though!


13. Chris Harris

Another Tynedale and Rotherham old boy who’s gone on to have a pretty good career with Newcastle, Gloucester and Scotland. Big old goose and a class defender.


14. Ben Loader

Could do you in a phone box and has a really bright future ahead at London Irish. Shame about his fashion sense though.


15. Sean Scanlon

A very sneaky individual but has one of the best rugby brains of anyone I’ve ever played with. Been one of the Championship’s most consistent performers for years.

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