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Player Spotlight: James Hennigan and Rob Naughton!

3 years ago By paul makinen

It's a family affair as we gain an insight into the mind of Bedians' resident cousin double-act, James 'MP' Hennigan & Rob 'African Sunset' Naughton!

Name
James Hennigan (2nd team skipper dontcha know)

Which position(s) do you play?
This season I've played 2,6,7,8,12,13,14 &15. I'm hoping by May I can say I've propped as well.

Which team do you play for?
2nd XV

How old were you when you started playing?
12

What do you like to do outside of rugby?
I like to send multiple text messages out and review the team spreadsheet in my spare time. Oh and practise my speech writing.

What's your favourite drink?
Guinness or a Guinbanbuca if its a weekend

What's your favourite food?
Steak and chips with bérnaise sauce if you are asking.

Favourite moment in your rugby career to date?
There have been a few. Most of them involve beating Toc H and there have been too many victories to mention. Another highlight was playing Buxton at home. I found myself through on their 5m I shipped the ball out to what would have been an easy run in under the posts for the full back who happened to be my cousin Rob Naughton. However, the ball bounced off the head of the Buxton player and straight back into my hands allowing for a easy run in under the posts. I would love to say I did it on purpose... [Ed: we are verifying the truth of this claim, it would be the first time anyone has ever seen Hennigan pass the ball]

Who is the longest in the shower?
Bedians resident priest Fr. Declan Sealy. You would think he was on a spa day with his wash bag: conditioner, nail brush, bathrobe etc.

Who is the most skilful?
Loz has a fair amount of tricks in his box and a brilliant step.

Who is the hardest trainer?
Aussie Mike, that kid sure loves a press-up.

Who is the worst dressed?
Since Bannell has left the club, it has left a gaping hole. However for his regular wardrobe malfunctions Average Steve has pipped this one. A notable mention must go to Brian Cheese, he has some awful footwear.

Who is the best boozer?
This is probably Bedians toughest competition but my vote would have to go to Brian Cheese. He also brought a lovely home brew round to my house the other week which was nice of him. Pat Doherty didn't even show up, nuff said.

Who is the biggest moaner?
Well another tough call but I would say if Chatty Pat Willis and Pies adopted with Sean O'Rouke as Godfather I would not welcome that child in as a Baby Bede.

Who is the hardest person?
Mel Gibson fanatic Steve McKendrick, he loves a neck pinch as well.

Who is the biggest joker?
Catman loves a gag, mostly about playing fly half. Also Shola (not Ameobi) Kolawole managed to cause a diplomatic incident through one of his jokes but he is in London now and nobody remembers him. It was good while it lasted Shola.

Who is the most brainy?
If travelling on a funbus counts as an appearance I would say Skally, he's been on University Challenge. If not Martin Coupe but his performances on the pitch are a distant memory.

Who is the best tackler?
Watching James Gibbs almost chop Joe Powell in half on his first training session since breaking his ankle

Who is the best tourist?
I'm ashamed to say I'm a tour virgin, I've admitted it now so let's move on. I've heard Stevie Cook and Dan Mann are very good.

Who is the best player you have ever played with?
Seeing as he is on the other side of the world and I'm hoping this will get me an invite to Australia I would have to say Ben Rogerson.

Who is the hardest to tackle?
I would have to say Pie Thighs, the clue is in the title.

Who is the most committed to the club?
Chrissy Hetherington. He sends the longest text message updates I've ever read. My top prediction for 2015 is that Ryan Baby Bell will be the new Chrissy, the young apprentice has shown superb commitment to the cause.

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Name
Rob Naughton

Which position(s) do you play?
Fullback, Wing, Centre, Emergency Back row (complete with headband)

Which team do you play for?
1s and 2s

How old were you when you started playing?
13

What do you like to do outside of rugby?
Work takes up most of that!

What's your favourite drink?
Expensive European larger

What's your favourite food?
Tuna Pie

Favourite moment in your rugby career to date?
Winning the league with the 2's and reaching the cup final in the same year

Who is the longest in the shower?
It's certainly not Jimmy Hennigan!

Who is the most skilful?
Currently Aussie Mike, Ritchie Waterworth when I first started playing

Who is the hardest trainer?
I hate playing against Alex Porter in training, had some big hits of him in the past

Who is the worst dressed?
Jimmy Hennigan, loves a controversial pair of trousers

Who is the best boozer?
Cheese and Coupe when he appears from time to time

Who is the biggest moaner?
Pretty much all of us, Pauly Mak loves a good wine though

Who is the hardest person?
Bannell, never seen one man get punched so often in a game of rugby

Who is the biggest joker?
Ginner Dave is good craic

Who is the most brainy?
Lloyd Cawthrone

Who is the best tackler?
Ben Rogerson, he never misses a tackle despite being 5ft nothing and weighing 8 stone piss wet through

Who is the best tourist?
Ask me after Easter!

Who is the best player you have ever played with?
Tough choice out of Ritchie Waterworth and Aussie Mike

Who is the hardest to tackle?
Loz and Rob Oliver

Who is the most committed to the club?
Stevie Cook, a Bedian through and through

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Where next?

DYB Home game against Liverpool St Helens Sun 8th March The U8's to U11's have a home game so please arrive by 10.30am for 11.00 ko. U6/7's will be training as usual
Young Bedians Training Sunday 22nd Feb Training on Sunday is at Old Bedians Sports Centre from 10.45am. Heavy rain is forecast so check emails/website if there's a late change to Burnage

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