England rugby hero Martin Bayfield goes from being punched on rugby pitch to Hollywood star in Harry Potter

STARRING in a Hollywood blockbuster doesn't come shut to profitable an East Midlands derby for Martin Bayfield.

The Northampton Saints legend has simply ONE win towards Leicester Tigers on his enjoying highlights reel.

 England and Northampton Saints legend Martin Bayfield says nothing comes close to winning an East Midlands derby against Leicester Tigers

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England and Northampton Saints legend Martin Bayfield says nothing comes shut to profitable an East Midlands derby towards Leicester Tigers

And after a neck damage minimize-brief his profession, the enormous 6ft 10ins lock went on to function in Harry Potter, as Robbie Coltrane's physique double for his character, Hagrid.

Although the excitement of being in cinema's largest-ever ebook adaptation, raking in an eye fixed-watering £940m, nonetheless doesn't prime the push of rucking and rolling towards the Tigers.

Bayfield advised SunSport: "A minimum of nobody ever punched me while filming Harry Potter, although!

"I’ll by no means give you the option to create the thrill and pleasure of enjoying rugby and I’ll simply turn into a tragic previous man wanting again on all of it fascinated with how nice these days have been.

 Martin Bayfield had his career cut-short through a neck injury

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Martin Bayfield had his profession minimize-brief via a neck damage
 Bayfield went on to be Robbie Coltrane's body double for his Hagrid character in Harry Potter

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Bayfield went on to be Robbie Coltrane's physique double for his Hagrid character in Harry Potter

"I used to be fortunate sufficient to have them and we transfer on. However operating down the steps at Welford Street or strolling out at Franklin's Gardens is particular. When the whistle goes, all hell breaks unfastened and it’s mayhem."

On Saturday Saints are wanting to win at Welford Street for the primary time since 2007.

However Bayfield is aware of simply how robust these M1 firecrackers could be with Tigers now wanting to make the Premiership play-offs for an unimaginable 14th yr in a row.

Taking a visit down reminiscence lane, the Lions and England star stated: "My reminiscences are of the East Midlands derby are often dropping. . . I feel I solely gained considered one of them, in 1992.

"It was memorable as a result of it was at Welford Street. Buck Shelford was enjoying for us and we had a man referred to as Gav Baldwin enjoying at loosehead prop.

"I don't know what he had executed, however Gav wasn't scrummaging proper and Buck Shelford simply slapped him across the face – proper in entrance of the Crumbie Stand. All of them laughed at it.

"However it was fairly clearly the factor to do as Gav Baldwin was a one-man wrecking ball and destroyed the Tigers pack for the remainder of the sport. Clearly slapping him across the face was the suitable tactic, it was a really Kiwi strategy.

 Bayfield says the buzz of starring in a Hollywood blockbuster does top that of playing against Leicester Tigers

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Bayfield says the excitement of starring in a Hollywood blockbuster does prime that of enjoying towards Leicester Tigers

"Individuals wouldn't have seen the sport until it was on the Rugby Particular. So that you caught up with the sport by studying the newspapers. It was simply in addition to there was a splendid anonymity to all of the defeats!

"On the time, Leicester have been so superior to another staff round. Tub have been the one aspect that would maintain a candle to them So that you had to be completely on your recreation to beat Leicester.

"The stadiums have been far more uncooked and it's one of many causes I nonetheless like Welford Street – you go there and that Crumbie Stand reminds you of what it used to be.

"They’ve the tiniest dressing rooms and the environment is incredible, the supporters are superb and between Leicester and Northampton they’ve probably the most one-eyed followers in the nation. And I really like that.

"We might do out greatest to annoy them at Franklin's Gardens. We had rattling Rita in the stands screaming her head off. We had the marching bands enjoying: 'Oh when the Saints go marching in' proper outdoors their altering rooms.

 Martin Bayfield won 31 caps for England during his career

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Martin Bayfield gained 31 caps for England throughout his profession

"Issues that now appear actually silly. Simply something to put them off their recreation. Within the late 80s to early 90s they have been a really particular bunch. An uncompromising bunch.

"However there was no worry for me, you by no means went on the sector fearing them. There was all the time simply an additional crackle in the air for an East Midlands derby.

"Having additionally performed for Bedford, I felt it extra and that little triangle of golf equipment have been fairly vigorous. I liked them and also you got here off the pitch figuring out you had performed a recreation."

Bayfield additionally hopes his previous membership can save him from an uncomfortable night time in a Leicester Tigers scorching-seat.

If Saints win they’ll spare the ex copper the last word disgrace of getting to plonk himself down in a chair furnished completely in Tigers shirts.

So Bayfield is relying on a Premiership upset to spare him from humiliation.

He stated: "My mate has a chair in his home that’s upholstered in Leicester Tigers shirts. If ever there’s a forfeit, I do know sooner or later I’ll have to sit in that chair!

 Iconic Martin Bayfield stands at a huge 6ft 10ins tall

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Iconic Martin Bayfield stands at an enormous 6ft 10ins tall
 Bayfield is hoping his old side can save him from an uncomfortable night in a Leicester Tigers hot-seat

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Bayfield is hoping his previous aspect can save him from an uncomfortable night time in a Leicester Tigers scorching-seat

"I even have a WhatsApp group with my mates and there are a couple of Leicester Tigers followers on there. I do know there will probably be hell to play if Tigers win. They usually know there will probably be hell to pay if Saints beat Tigers."

Bayfield performed in a golden period that constructed up to the sport turning from its newbie standing to skilled in 1995.

His era was one the place all the previous-faculty gamers would nonetheless be on the membership, having their say and letting the younger-weapons know what they considered them.

Bayfield stated: "There aren't so most of the previous gamers round now.

"There aren't the four hundred-recreation gamers across the golf equipment any extra. You don't have the previous boys who marvel into the group room after the video games and have dinner with you and have a beer and speak concerning the previous days.

"I don't assume the present gamers have all of that historical past. Once I performed, the blokes on the wall in the black and white pictures would nonetheless be strolling across the place with their beer-stained blazers on and with a number of additional kilos round their waists.

"They have been fairly joyful boring you with their tales and spitting throughout your face once they did it. And you liked them for it. "These guys aren't there any extra although. So now these gamers are making their very own reminiscences – skilled reminiscences.

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"They’re nonetheless large video games, however the reminiscences don't return fairly to date and they don’t seem to be interconnected via the generations. However I nonetheless assume they’re felt inside that circle. It's skilled reminiscences over beer-swilling ones.

"Gamers realise how huge it’s – however it’s simply not as deep-routed because it used to be. You don't have these generations sitting in the identical room afterwards.

"Once I was a policeman in city, there have been individuals who had performed in derbies who have been now builders, taxi drivers and no matter they could be. They might have performed in one, two or 20.

"The blokes gained't come throughout these guys now in their on a regular basis lives. It's simply totally different."

While the ammeter and professional recreation appear worlds aside.

So to do the course that Northampton and Leicester have been heading – with the Saints struggling on the improper finish of the desk.

One other hammering to Saracens final Saturday was the worst attainable preparation for assembly with they most-hated rivals.

And Bayfield added: "Northampton had an excellent few years and I hope they will get them again.

"The distinction is between the 2 golf equipment that when issues go improper at Leicester, they put it proper shortly.  Whereas at Northampton you are feeling it could possibly be fairly an enormous climb to get again up there once more.

"Saints can't do something this season, however they might screw issues up for Tigers. Mathematically, they might nonetheless get relegated, however I feel that will probably be unlikely.

"They’ve critically let themselves down and misplaced the coach that obtained them promoted and gained them the Premiership title. Individuals have paid the worth and Saints have to sharpen up now in the again inexperienced and gold.

"These defeats to Saracens are embarrassing, to do it 4 occasions. . . it's nonsense. Leicester on their day are a staff that may additionally inflict a very heavy defeat so Saints have to struggle."

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STARRING in a Hollywood blockbuster doesn't come shut to profitable an East Midlands derby for Martin Bayfield.

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