Adrian Flavin on ...
Published 17/11/2011 | 05:00
"I played with Brian when we won the U-19 World Cup under Declan Kidney. There was no sense of grandeur about him, he was always one of the lads, but even then, you knew he was something special."
London Irish debut
"I was only 18 and they threw me on against Leicester and their famous 'ABC' front-row of Graham Rowntree, Richard Cockerill and Darren Garforth. I did alright and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself in the bar when Garforth came over and said: 'You're the same age as my son, so we went easy on you'."
"The likes of Steve Thompson and Trevor Leota were hard, but the toughest was probably Federico Mendez. He was huge and had a massive reputation after knocking out Paul Ackford as a teenager. We were playing Northampton away on a horrible Tuesday night and I tried to hook one of his balls. He just looked at me and said: 'Don't do that again'...'okay then'."
"One of the bravest guys I ever played with, especially for a winger. Broken jaws, broken legs...he kept coming back. His fingers are absolutely mangled. When he was best man at my wedding, he couldn't hand over the ring properly."