Rodillian Rugby Star Proves You Can Play Both Codes

Harry Peach opens up to the Rodillian Round Up to discuss how he started playing rugby and how he is managing to balance his commitments to both rugby union and rugby league, with great success!

“I began playing rugby league for Hunslet Warriors just before my 6th birthday. I was lucky enough to win many awards and my team were undefeated for nearly 7 years. When I joined The Rodillian Academy I was a bit nervous as I had never played rugby union before, but I really enjoyed it so went to play for Morley RFU once the Rugby League season had finished. In the 3 years I have played rugby union I have won 2 Yorkshire Schools cups with an amazing Rodillian Academy team and for Morley I have won the Yorkshire Plate cup and been Yorkshire cup finalist. In 2014 I was put forward by my school coaches to trial for ERDPP (England rugby development player programme) run by Yorkshire Carnegie. I worked hard and I was successful and have trained once a month for the last two years with the central district.In October 2016 I was picked for the U15 Yorkshire Carnegie Junior Development Squad and I now train once a week and will play against other U15 development squads nationwide”.

Harry is 1 of 30 boys that have been selected for Yorkshire Carnegie U15’s out of 1500 boys that play in Yorkshire. In June 2016 Harry received an offer from Huddersfield Giants RLFC for a 2 year scholarship place on their academy programme. “I was really honoured to have gained a place in the scholarship scheme”.

Harry continues “I understand I’m going to be busy and perhaps a little tired at times, but balancing my commitments and making sure I talk with my school coaches will help me to cope with this”.

Harry has also gained a place within the Junior England Rugby Union Academy. This is a superb achievement and really highlights how his school and club coaching has supported his development as a player both on and off the pitch. Harry is proof that both codes of rugby can be played together and support a players development. The School is incredibly proud of Harry’s achievements and look forward to continue to support his development within both codes of rugby.

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