Andrew Henderson Takes Inspiration From Father

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 20, 2008

Ex-Castleford Hooker, Andrew Henderson, who has recently signed for Dave Wood's Gateshead Thunder side, says he will be looking at his father for inspiration in the up and coming Rugby World Cup.

The Scottish International will side up with his two brothers to make a "Henderson Hat-Trick."  It is the first time the trio, born in Torquay and raised on Australia's South Wales Coast, have played in the same side.

With 55 games under his belt for Super League club, Castleford Tigers, Henderson believe's him and his siblings have plenty to offer at World Cup status.

"My brothers and I have got something to offer the Scottish side," said Andrew.

"It is a fantastic achievement for us to not only play the game professionally but to come to the World Cup and represent our adopted country.

"We are very excited to be a part of this campaign. My father is battling leukaemia but is on the road to recovery. It is a real slow process but it is quite emotional for him."

Henderson has told many media sites that his father has already bought thirty-five tickets for the Henderson family to go and see the boys in action against Fuji on 5th November.

"He is a very passionate Scotsman and to have the opportunity to see the team play and his three sons in the jersey is fantastic for him," he said.

"If the people on the Central Coast don't hurry and buy the tickets, I'm sure he will.

"If Dad had the energy, I'm sure he would be playing the bagpipes. I know he is going to put on a kilt for my wedding. He may wear a kilt at the Fiji game, if not then certainly a Scottish jersey."

Andrew is looking forward to the World Cup and I wish him all the best, as a Castleford fan, I was gutted when they announced he was leaving. 

However, Dave Woods, Gatehead's coach is a former Tigers coach and good friends with Henderson, so I believe we will be hearing a lot of Thunder throughout the coming seasons.