The Vets are our team of men over 35 years old. Age is just a number though as they do well in all of their games and have a good track record of wins at tournaments and against the Southerners and Bangkok Japanese teams.
Meet The Team
Club Captain / Vets Captain
Tates has been with the Bangers for 16 years. Tates and Andrew Raming were the first two Colts to join the Old Boys Club in 2006. He became the inaugural Colts captain and has seen the club go from strength to strength ever since.
In his time with the Bangers he has played just about every position but has mostly stayed in the forwards. He does recall one of his best tours to Hanoi playing as a flyhalf in a particularly beautiful game.
Tates has many great memories with the club but says that any tours the teams go on are always special, He highlights the Angkor 10's visits to Phnom Penh especially back in the day when Sundays were dangerous river cruise days.
According to Tates, the best part of being a Banger has to be making friendships that last a lifetime.
Head Coach / Hooker
Gareth plays for the Colts and the Vets. Since he has joined the club we have benefitted greatly from his input and skills work at training as well as his initiative in joining the coaching committee.
His best memory on field with the club is beating the Southerners alongside his fellow Vets in 2021. Off field it would have to be the post match nights, whether it be at Greeny Grass or in town, although the exact memories may be a bit fuzzy!
He loves that the Bangers make everyone feel welcome and that they are a great, sociable club.
Thomas 'Poopy' Pouplin
Thomas has been with the Bangers since 2011 and joined the Bangers on Bikes in 2014. He states that due to his hairstyle, or lack thereof, he is only allowed to play for the forwards.
His best memory with the club is the South East Asian tournament in Jakarta against the Komodos where the Bangers won the cup. He says it was the bravest game he played alongside 15 of his Banger brothers. He is glad to have memories of this moment as not much else can be recalled from the 3rd half-time due to the Bangers celebrating in their infamous and legendary style.
Momo joined the Bangers in 2007 at the spry age of 20 something. He plays for the Colts and the Vets and is a semi-professional beer drinker and supporter of anything Banger related.
He is a certified world rugby referee but you could never tell by listening to all the experts from the sidelines. (You know who he's talking about Jeff!).
Momo's first memory with the Bangers is a tour to the Pattaya 10's where the 2 coaches were in shock when they learned that Americans play rugby. He then took a bet where he had to get a girl in a bar to trade shirts with him in the middle of the dance floor. He won the bet, earned his money and free beers as well as the ladies' number. Trifecta!
He plans to be a part of the Bangers until his legs or liver give up. His liver has however suffered the most thanks to the Bangers.
Back Row / Center
Mark has been part of the mighty Bangers for five years now. He plays in the back row for the Colts and as Center for the Vets.
There are too memories that he can sum up into just one! He considers the Bangers as his surrogate family and a fantastic collective to part of.
Prop / Hooker / Back Row
He joined as a Colt in 2005 and has since then moved on to play for the Vets.
Paddy's favorite memory with the club is the post court session at the Phuket 10's where 25 Alibaba lookalike Bangers took over the stage from a reputable band in a nice open air restaurant and made some sweet, sweet music. He also regrets telling the esteemed captain his safe word.
Chris has been part of the Bangers for 2 years.
His favorite memory with the club is winning the RBSC 10's in his first tournament. He also fondly recalls watching Richard Hudson's face when he broke through the line in an interclub game and was on for a full length pitch try, when he had to be brought back because the pass he received was very clearly forward and the referee waited about ten seconds and for Richard to run a considerable distance before calling the infringement. To this day, Richard is still questioning whether the pass was actually forward or not. Most would tend to agree it was a mistake from the referee when they realize who was on for scoring a full length try.