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Meet the Team

1.NameAshley Cooper
2.NicknameCoop, Coop-dog, Coops, Moaty
3.PositionBack Row
4.Previous ClubsSwinton Lions
5.Earliest Rugby MemoryThe first season I played rugby was 2004. I had no idea of the rules at all and I hated it when my team had the ball, I just wasn’t interested in attack. All I wanted to do was defend and tackle people as hard as I could. I earned most improved player that season.
6.Best ground you’ve played atLeigh Sports Village, capacity of 11,000 – although not that many showed up when I played.
7.Rugby IdolBrian Lima and Sam Burgess
8.Best dressed team mateBenno Stubbs
9.Worst dressed team mateLouis Critchlow
10.Worst training drill?The famous ‘mid January Gary Hodge commando roll in the mud.’ I must have spent hours doing this with a handful of people at training in horrendous conditions and can honestly say that I have never felt the need to do a commando roll in a game and if an opposition player ran up to me in a game and did a commando roll, I’d put them so far through the turf mid-roll, that they would never do it again.
11.If you didn’t play rugby, what sport would you playProfessional Chase The Ace Player
12.Favourite rugby momentRWC 2003, South Africa v Samoa. On 61 minutes, Brian Lima introduced 19 year old Derick Hougaard to his right shoulder. I would imagine poor Derick is still winded now. This is why I started playing rugby.
13.Celebrity lookalikeRaul Moat
14.Which 3 famous people would you have over for dinnerTommy Cooper, Adam Ashley-Cooper & Henry Cooper – a real family get together.
15.Last try you scoredTries are for wingers... You should be asking about the last big hit I made! Tony Mac trundled the ball in towards me, having been out injured for 6 months and assuming he'd take things easy. I wasn't thinking the same thing and smashed him. He hit the deck making a noise that can only be described as the mating call of a Yukon Bull Elk.

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Andy Crimmins 1.NameAndy Crimmins 2.NicknameCrimdog 3.PositionScrum Half, Fly Half 4.Previous ClubsBolton sin
Chris Cockton 1.NameChris Cockton 2.NicknameCockers 3.PositionHooker, although I’m convinced I’m a 10 lock

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