Astute tactician and highly competitive centre Pieter Schats was named as the player who would be picked first into an all-time Valley Dream Team. 'He would be the first choice in my team,' said Ian Brownlee, who was given the unforgiving task of picking the 'best' Valley XV. Brownlee, a former Valley captain and coach extraordinaire, was chosen as the man most qualified to do the unenviable as he has lived in Hong Kong for 23 of the 25 years of Valley's existence. At first, the New Zealander baulked at the task, saying it was impossible as 'there were so many good players who have been around'. But after some gentle persuasion Brownlee relented. His goal was to just name a first XV. No compromises. No maybes and no ifs. Hooker: Gary Cross. 'Came to us from the Army knowing nothing about the real world. Great player and great character. Rugby was his life.' Props: Julian Stone and Rob Grindlay. 'Both from New Zealand, 10 years apart, and both real props in their build and their specialised ability. Talented and focused on dominating the opposition. Kieran Thorne would be sub.' Locks: Stuart (Moose) Krohn and Colin Olsen (Ols). 'Moose was found by Ols in a bar in Jakarta when on a rugby trip and Valley were never the same again. Moose was the ultimate athlete, focused on performance and winning. Direct and blunt, he expected everyone else to perform at his level. Ols played for Valley when he was still at Island School and was still playing for the first team last season at a ripe old age of 35. The Ultimate Club Man, he played through all the bad and good years and always won his ball at two in the lineout. This gets him in before Neil Alton and Andy Milner.' Flankers: Gary Sellars and Didier Lenoir. 'Gary played with me in the '80s and was a tough, fit Kiwi openside, years ahead of other players in Hong Kong in knowledge and application. Frenchman Didier was the hardest player around and didn't know pain. Both get in just ahead of Mark Ashall, Simon Litster and Brent Edwards.' No 8: Paul Dingley. 'Paul completes a pack of talented forwards who would all perform to the high level he demands of himself. Nicholas Brooke could be in this position as he played a similar hard game, especially when we beat Club for the first time ever.' Scrumhalf: Rob Adams. 'Rob had the ability to play around the scrum, make great breaks and feed his outside backs.' Flyhalf: Phil Kilazoglou. 'Tough, hard to tackle and small. He was a natural who knew how to accelerate through a gap and put his outside players away.' Inside centre: Wayne Stewart. 'A scrumhalf with talent, experience and wide vision. We played him at inside centre with a flat attacking line and it suited him perfectly. Only played because the guys around him were up to his high standard.' Outside centre: Pieter Schats. 'Played for us as a schoolboy on holiday from South Africa. Came back bigger and with all the skills. Still the most tactically aware player in Hong Kong rugby and had the special ability to know how to win a game. Surprising speed for someone who hates training. First choice in my team - and I would make him captain.' Wings: Isi Tu'ivai and Vaughan Going. 'Two guys with heaps of talent but not the best passers of the ball. So while they could play anywhere in this team they go on to the wings. Hard straight runners who love tackling and scoring tries.' Fullback: Geoff Reid. 'Probably won more games for Valley than anyone else. Brilliant goal-kicker and fantastic runner when given space. Never appreciated the need to train and never really performed at his best, but his natural talent made up for that.'