Definitely one of the rising stars of the club, this week’s guest on Meet the Green Machine is Henry Macnab, middle of three rugby mad boys and captain of the all-conquering Colts team who won the National Under 18 Cup at Worcester Warriors back in May 2019. Henry made his first team debut at just 17 and, despite the competition for the 9 shirt including Phil Woodhead, Sam Gaudie and Will Lawn, is now a key member of the senior squad who scored arguably the try of the season at Huddersfield back in October 2019 when he finished off an outstanding team move from deep in our 22 with a break from the base of a ruck and a perfectly judged chip and catch to score under the posts.
1. How long have you been involved with the club?
I played all through the juniors from age 6 – started in big brother Rory’s older age group but then settled into my own.
2. What’s the day job?
After GCSEs at Settle College, I moved to Ermysted’s for 6th Form (PE, Biology and Psychology) and now I’m at university in Leeds studying sports and exercise science, with a view to a career in strength and conditioning, and I work in a hotel bar.
3. Who’s at home?
Student digs aren’t really home! When I get home there is mum and dad, who did a bit of coaching through the M/J section, plus Rory (the renegade – after leaving Dale for Otley, he’s now joined Harrogate so we’ll be looking forward to that fixture….) and little brother Ollie who’s in the U17s at Wharfedale. We’re all pretty keen on rugby!
4. What is your earliest rugby memory?
Aged about 7, going to tag rugby tournaments at other clubs. I particularly remember one at Keighley where it was so cold we had to wrap ourselves in bin bags to try to keep warm.
5. What is your favourite Wharfedale memory?
Making my first team debut off the bench away at Hinckley aged 17 – even though we lost and I only got a few minutes, it was a great feeling. And, of course, captaining the U18s to win the National Colts Cup at Worcester Warriors ground.
6. What is your favourite away ground?
Worcester Warriors Sixways Stadium.
7. Three things that you like
Sunshine; walking in the mountains; and the gym
8. And three things that you can’t stand…
Losing; coronavirus; not being allowed to play rugby!
9. Which three people would you most like to have round for dinner?
The whole of the U18s squad – but, if that’s too many, I’ll settle for Conor McGregor, Tony Bellew and Tyson Fury – that should be a quiet night!
10. Three statements about yourself – two true and one a lie….
a. I was on the books at Leeds United until I was 12 but chose rugby.
b. Despite my angelic behaviour, I have actually been sent off once…
c. I once played 4 days after dislocating my collarbone. Daft idea – I had to have 6 weeks rest!