Ben Gulliver

Second Row
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Player Profile: 

Alternative Position (if applicable): Blindside flanker at a push

Previous Clubs: Saracens Academy, Coventry, Plymouth Albion, Cornish Pirates, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors

Occupation: Rugby coach at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Honours: England Students

Best Rugby Moment: Winning the British & Irish Cup with Cornish Pirates

Worst Rugby Moment: Any injury - particular the knee reconstruction

Biggest Influence: My dad in the earl years but now my wife Georgina

Favourite Ground: Coundon Road, Coventry (sadly no longer there)

Favourite Food: Thai

Favourite Film: Batman trilogy

Favourite Band: Oasis

If I wasn't a rugby player I'd be...: I’d love to be a surfer but realistically I’d probably be a teacher in a hot country.

Dream Team: 

15. Rob ‘Kangaroo’ Cook
14. Josh ‘Racehorse’ Drauniniu
13. Matt ‘Leopard’ Hopper
12. Dale ‘Gorilla’ Rasmussan
11. Matt ‘Cheetah’ Banahan
10. Nick ‘ Owl’ Evans
9. Gavin ‘Rabbit’ Cattle

1. Mike ‘Rhino’ Mika
2. George ‘Chimpanzee’ Chuter
3. Tevita ‘Elephant’ Taumoepeau
4. Tony ‘Buffalo’ Gulliver
5. Pascal ‘Giraffe’ Pape
6. Sam ‘Polar Bear’ Betty
7. Sergio ‘Wild Dog’ Parisse
8. Zinzan ‘Brown Bear’ Brooke

Perfect Player: Here is the opportunity to play Dr Frankenstein and take attributes from any player in the world past or present to make up the ultimate rugby player. The attributes can come from anywhere, but the creation would play in your position.

Strength: Andrew Sheridan – Brute force

Size: Bakkis Botha – A monster human being who has the intimidation factor

Athleticism: Sergio Parisse – can do most things that a back can do as well as having unbelievable lineout skills, speed and time on the ball

Winning lineout ball: Imanol Harinordoquy – He has destroyed England’s lineout over the years, unusual for a number 8 to be so dominant, but has earned respect throughout the world.

Handling: Carlos Spencer – That’s all I need to say

Hitting rucks and mauls: Julian White – Could destroy a maul and ruck. Such an aggressive man

Tackling: Sam Betty – I played with Sam at the Pirates and Worcester. The man is mental and I have never met a player with such a disregard for his body. Rarely misses a tackle and is fearless.

Ball carrying: Zinzan Brooke – The Ultimate Number 8. Brian O’Driscoll – Best player of the current generation and should be Lion’s captain.

Directing mauls: Joost Van Der Westhuizen – Niggly with great organisational skills.

And finally… legendary drinking ability: There are a few candidates at Bedford but John Cannon, a Canadian international, wins as he could produce unbelievable parties and some great memories


Next Home Match

Friday 14th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road