All-American camp taps WHS senior

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Westfield’s Cody Peterson has been playing rugby since his sophomore year of high school. (Photo provided by Kim Paino.)

Westfield’s Cody Peterson has been playing rugby since his sophomore year of high school. (Photo provided by Kim Paino.)

Cody Peterson, backline captain and Westfield High School senior, was selected to attend the Regional All-American Rugby Camp. The camp is coached by Salty Thompson of the USA Eagles National Rugby Team. After watching Peterson play during the fall season, a scout from USA Rugby made the recommendation because of his speed and tackling ability.

“(Rugby) is a great option for high school athletes looking for a new challenge and exciting experience. I like the teammates I play with and wish I found out about rugby earlier in my life. There is nothing more fun, more challenging and more exhausting than rugby,” Peterson stated.

He started playing rugby for the Westfield Shamrocks Rugby Club during his sophomore year. Liked and respected by his teammates, he continues to provide on-the-field leadership for his Westfield Shamrocks Rugby Club and the Hamilton United Club, a fall season club made up from multiple rugby clubs in the county.

“It is exciting to see the development of our players,” Westfield Shamrocks Rugby Club Coach Greg Stewart stated. “Cody’s selection shows the commitment of the club and all the athletes to the highest levels of good sportsmanship.”

If selected Peterson will participate with the USA All‐American Team, touring England in the summer with the High School All‐American team.

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