Slightly later than usual, here’s the latest instalment of our “Meet the Green Machine” series and, with the players due back in training this week, who better to focus on than one of our truly outstanding young prospects, Sam Dickinson.
A key member of the 2019 National Colts Cup-winning side, Sam made an astonishingly rapid transition from schoolboy to immovable National League tight head prop in the space of a summer holiday. The step-up from Colts to 1st XV is often thought to be easier for backs than forwards – and certainly front row forwards – so for Sam to transition so swiftly and to make such an impact on our set-piece speaks volumes for his ability. Of course, he has the marginal advantage of the gene pool with dad Neil having clocked up well over 300 1st XV appearances at prop – but few would bet against Sam breaking that family record if he sticks around.
- How long have you been involved with the club?
12 years – back to the under 8s
- What’s the day job?
Full time university student.
- Who’s at home?
Mum and Dad (former Dale prop Neil…) plus my sister and the cat!
- What is your earliest rugby memory?
Getting knocked off my bike when hit by the ball watching Dad play for Wharfedale against Halifax.
- What is your favourite Wharfedale memory?
Winning the National Colts Cup at Worcester Warriors Sixways ground with the U18s.
- What is your favourite away ground?
West Park Leeds – if only for the fantastic showers.
- Three things that you like
Eating; working out in the gym; and PlayStation
- And three things that you can’t stand…
Marmite; not being allowed to play rugby; and big egos.
- Which three people would you most like to have round for dinner?
Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson; James Haskell; Dan Carter
- Three statements about yourself – two true and one a lie….
a. I snore – or so they tell me…..
b. I thought I had the skill to play centre but Hodge disagreed
c. My favourite restaurant is Nando’s