Perhaps the Guinness advert was right after all. Good things do come to those who wait. That’s certainly seemed to be the case for Macclesfield’s Junior Rugby teams lately, particularly the Under 15s. Both the Tigers and the Wolves have put in some sterling performances over the course of the season, and some of our Under 15 players have now been justly rewarded with honours that the coaching team, headed by Head Coach, Iain Taylor, believes are well-deserved and justified. Not only has the Under 15s had a successful year on the pitch, but several of the squad has been selected to represent their counties and join the Elite Player programme at Sale Sharks under the stewardship of Sharks’ Academy Director, Ray Unsworth. It’s great to see such talent rewarded, and even more satisfying to note how these fine and successful young men are helping to spread the good name of Macclesfield RUFC far and wide. We’re sure you’d all like to join us in congratulating the lads on their outstanding achievements.
The Under 15s has a squad of 35 players, and regularly turns out 2 teams on Sunday mornings – the Tigers and the Wolves. The Under 15s has a very capable 8 man coaching squad, consisting of 2 former Club captains, 2 former first 15 players and 4 other experienced ex players. Headed by Head Coach, Iain Taylor, the coaching team of Rob Thorneycroft, Steve Grindrod, Laurie Hale, Paul Gregory, Neil Pearce, Simon Grant, Geoff Nicholls and Rick Greer, have worked tirelessly with this highly talented group of young players over the last 9 years, and has seen then develop into fine athletes and footballers.
On Monday, 27 February, the coaching team was delighted to hear that 4 Macclesfield Under 15 players, Christian Taylor, Ben Hadfield, Archie Thorneycroft and Ben Bianchi, were selected in the first 22-man Cheshire Under 15s squad to play Staffordshire on the 14 March. Christian Taylor deserves a special mention as he has played for Cheshire for the last 2 seasons in a higher age group. Five further Macclesfield Under 15 players were also named in the larger squad following a tough selection process prior to Christams Joe Hale, Kyle Jones, Dan Greer, Charlie Barker and Harry Jackson, though sadly the latter 3 currently have broken bones and are therefore unavailable at present.
The coaching team are also delighted that they have 4 of our Under 15s playing in the Elite Player Programme at Sale Sharks; Christian Taylor, Harry Jackson, Joe Hale and Dan Greer. They also have another 5 players who attend Sale Sharks Schools of Rugby; Archie Thorneycroft, Ben Bianchi, Will Gregory Tom Roberts and Junaid Athar. The good news doesn’t stop there either. Two of our junior players, scrum half, Harry Jackson, and hooker, Christian Taylor have also attended specialist positional coaching at the North of England Training session at Leeds Carnegie’s training ground in Yorkshire. The A team (Tigers) are looking forward to a Cheshire Cup semi final match at the end of March against either Stockport or Sandbach, whilst the B team (Wolves)will play a Cheshire Cup semi final match against Crewe and Nantwich. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, and hope they can replicate the success that the Blues achieved 20 years ago this week against Sale FC in the Club’s first ever Cheshire Cup Final victory.
Having been losing County Cup Finalist last year the tigers will be looking to regain their county title that they won 5 times in the past 9 seasons and always being either in the semi or final on the other occasions.