Hi Tom. So Saracens play Racing 92 in Lyon on Saturday trying to match your record - how would you feel if they did it?
That's a tough one - it looked as if Saracens might do it when we had our 10-year reunion dinner in 2014, before they ultimately lost in both finals. Records are there to be broken, but I'd rather keep ours for a bit longer, at least until we can get to a 20-year dinner.
You're very honest
That's the beauty of not being a player any more! It was an achievement we were all proud of and why not savour the uniqueness of it for as long as we can?
What is your stand-out memory of that 2003-4 season?
That's difficult, but there were probably two. I had not long joined Wasps when we went on a pre-season tour to Poland. I roomed with Rob Howley and told him: 'Do you know what, I think we can win the double.' In the end it was his big arm reaching out that scored the winning try against Toulouse. The second is a bit of a selfish one, the semi-final win in Munster, but not just because I scored two tries but for the amazing team spirit. We had just 3,000 fans amid of sea of red but the whole side fought for each other. After that we believed we could stand up to anybody.
So what matters more, talent or that team spirit?
Another good question. That Wasps side had some amazing players, but when I joined Gloucester a few years later if I'm truthful I think there was more talent in that squad, but we didn't have the same spirit and maybe that cost us a bit. To do something like a double you need every player at their maximum all season, and it is the team ethic that creates that.
How has the standard of the Premiership changed in a decade?
I don't want to sound too much like a bitter ex pro, but in my view the physical fitness guys have taken over in the last three or four years, and too often the biggest and strongest win. It is heading towards more like American football. I think in England there are too many robots, where players should think for themselves and play what they see.
Isn't that a common criticism of Saracens, they are one dimensional and over coached?
The question is, they have always got there but never quite converted it. If they don't get the double, or even a trophy this year, there is then a question mark to say: 'Are you going to carry on being nearly men?'. Yes, you will be dominant throughout the Premiership, but when it comes to the big matches can you convert that? Is their system enough to win the big games? That would be the underlying issue if they don't win a trophy.
They didn't have a single player in the RPA shortlist for player of the year.
I wouldn't read much into that - we had the same thing at Wasps where our players weren't recognised. It comes down to a bit of jealousy, sometimes.
Owen Farrell v Dan Carter in Saturday's final - discuss.
Like it or not, probably Owen nearly cost Sarries their place in this final when he got sin binned in the semi against Wasps. Shaun Edwards always told me, and I think it is a valid point, the coolest cucumber on the pitch has to be your number 10. Dan Carter is that, time in time out, regardless of how ruffled he gets or cheap shots or whatever. Unfortunately Farrell has a strength that is also his weakness, in that he is a very competitive guy, which is great, he'll do anything for the team, but it is those two top inches sometimes that can lose it for him.
Going into a semi-final and getting yellow carded could have cost his team. He's actually come out and said that, which is possibly the first thing he's ever said that I've agreed with! The key will be him being cool both against Racing, and if they reach the Premiership final too.
Who could be Saracens match winners in France?
Both the Vunipola brothers, I could see Alex Goode being another one, and I quite like Duncan Taylor, he adds an x factor to it. You need the spine then one key player to step out, and Taylor has that potential. We've seen it time and again in the Premiership and he's done it for Scotland too. The great thing he is under rated and that could work for his advantage. They might not pay so much attention, if he can exploit that.
You played two finals in a week to win your double. How tough is the emotion of going from one huge game to the next.
Going back to what I said about the Wasps v Munster game, it was not only a breaking point and we went up a level, but the biggest learning curve was the following week against Gloucester, when the same team rolled out and got absolutely thumped. That sat very heavily in our minds. You get emotionally so pent up for a game you can't match it the following week. We were very aware of that going into the Bath final, because we experienced it after Munster.
You have to balance, don't do a lot in training, just mentally get there. If Sarries do win against Racing that will be their biggest challenge. You want to go out and celebrate, of course you do, there's not been an English club won it for nine years. But you have to balance there is a big couple of weeks ahead of you.
You've been honest about what you want to happen, what will happen? Is this a double winning side?
I think Racing in Lyon for me have to be favourites. With Carter fit and the way he is playing, it will be a tough ask for them to win there - although it will be close. In the Premiership if they end up facing Wasps at Twickenham on a summer's day, with the pace they have got they could get taken apart there.
Thanks for your time and we've a free £50 bet with winnings to a favourite charity.
I do a lot of work for the Wooden Spoon charity which helps disadvantaged children. And sorry, Saracens, but I'm going to back Racing 92 to win the final by between one and five points which pays 7-2 on the Sportsbook.