Four players from Nottingham Rugby have been selected in the RFU
Championship Dream XV for the 2012/13 season.
Joe Duffey, Nic Rouse, Brent Wilson and Tim Streather have been
recognised by their peers following the Green and White's best ever
season in the Championship.
Nottingham and Newcastle were the only teams to have four
players selected in a team which sees the majority of clubs
The full team is:
Loose-head prop:JONNY GOLDING (NEWCASTLE
FALCONS) A great servant to the Falcons over the years,
the 30-year-old former England tourist scrums and carries ball with
the best of them. Made 16 starts for the table-topping Falcons this
season despite having had to continually manage a troublesome
Hooker: JOE DUFFEY (NOTTINGHAM RUGBY) Another
player set to hang up his boots after a long and distinguished club
career. Consistently one of the best hookers in the league, Duffey
is a wrecking-ball type of player who never fails to get over the
Tight-head prop: JON BRENNAN (JERSEY) Jersey's
longest-serving playerhas been the cornerstone of an impressive
forward effort this season. An old-fashioned out-and-out scrummager
who takes no prisoners in the set-piece.
Lock: JAMES HUDSON (NEWCASTLE FALCONS) An
experienced leader who is one of the best lineout practitioners
around. His impact in the latter stages of the season was
restricted by a leg injury, but he did enough throughout the course
of the season to catch the eye of opposition coaches. Will move to
Gloucester in the summer.
Lock: NIC ROUSE (NOTTINGHAM RUGBY) Rouse racked
up over 2,000 minutes of rugby and was a key component in
Nottingham's rise up the league table. Twice-selected before Rouse
returns to the Dream XV after a four-year absence.
Flanker: CHEVVY PENNYCOOK (LONDON SCOTTISH) A
virtual ever-present in the Exiles line-up, Pennycook scored six
tries and was named London Scottish Players' Player of the Season.
Just edged out Sean Michael-Stephen and Rupert Cooper for the
Flanker: BRENT WILSON (NOTTINGHAM RUGBY)
Wilson's inclusion in the Dream XV crowns a remarkable second
season at the Meadow Lane club. His no-nonsense approach and
ability to lead by example also earned him the Nottingham Player of
the Year and Players' Player of the Year. With 13 tries in all
competitions, the flanker finished the regular season as the club's
No.8: MARK BRIGHT(LONDON SCOTTISH) New
Zealand-born club captain Bright is no stranger to the Dream XV
having been named in the select National One side five years in a
row while at his previous club Redruth. Bright played 25 games for
the Exiles and was the club's leading try scorer for the season
Scrum-half: RUKI TIPUNA (BRISTOL RUGBY)
Livewire scrum-half and former New Zealand age group international
who delivers a fast pass and is quick to the breakdown. Started 12
of Bristol's 22 Championship games and came off the bench six
Fly-half: JIMMY GOPPERTH (NEWCASTLE FALCONS)
Deployed at full-back and fly-half this season, Gopperth has once
again been integral to Newcastle's success. Kicked 200 points and
chipped in with six tries during the regular season.
Wing: DAVE DOHERTY (LEEDS CARNEGIE) The former
Wasps and Sale speedster showed he's still Premiership class with a
string of impressive displays. Finished as the league's second
highest try scorer with 13.
Centre: JAMIE HELLEUR (NEWCASTLE FALCONS) Rock
solid defender and scorer of one of the most bizarre tries of all
time. His follow-up effort against Bedford, when he collected the
ball from a penalty kick that had struck both uprights and the bar
will go down in Geordie folklore. It has already attracted over
30,000 hits on YouTube.
Centre: TIM STREATHER (NOTTINGHAM RUGBY) The
RFU Championship Player of the Year nominee earned a move to
Saracens on the back of another superb season for Nottingham. Runs
great lines and has the gas to beat defenders on the outside.
Streather attracted 9 of the 11 votes cast in his position - more
than any of the other selected players received.
Wing: JOSH BASSETT (BEDFORD BLUES) Wasps-bound
winger with blistering pace who certainly knows his way to the
try-line. Bassett finished as the Championship's top try scorer in
2011/12 with 14 tries and has backed that up with another 11 this
Full-back: STEVIE McCOLL (LEEDS CARNEGIE) Watch
Leeds Carnegie's highlights reel and McColl dominates the footage
with his dangerous runs from deep and solidity in defence.McColl
won the Leeds Player of the Year award and is on the RPA
Championship Player of the Year shortlist.
*The Dream XV concept was first introduced by The Rugby Paper's,
Jon Newcombe, at the end of the 2003/04 season in his former role
as editor of Rugby Times.