Thursday, June 30, 2011
James Paterson - USA winger playing Super Rugby
When New Zealands two South Island Super Rugby teams, the Crusaders and the Highlanders went head-to-head in Nelson in a round 10 Super Rugby match it would not be an All Black stealing the headlines, but rather a USA rugby player. 2005 USA Under 19 player, James Paterson, scored two of the Highlanders three tries as they completed a rare away victory over the tournaments most successful team of all time. His form has been rewarded as his name was one of 50 included in the USA Eagles Rugby World Cup training squad. Paterson´s call up to the senior USA squad comes six years after representing the USA Under 19 team at the 2005 Under 19 World Cup in South Africa. He was so impressive for the North Americans that he returned to play in the 2006 Under 19 World Cup in Dubai and was given the honor of captaining the side.
His performances had attracted the interest of rugby authorities in New Zealand with the Crusaders signing him in 2006 in conjunction with a scholarship to Lincoln University. He went on to play for Canterbury in the 2008 and 2009 New Zealand Championship´s before accepting an offer to play for Southland in 2010. His move to Southland was part of a deal to play Super Rugby for the Highlanders in the 2010 season. Paterson was born in New Zealand but his mother is from the United States. He started playing rugby in 1999 in Christchurch after returning from Romania where his family had been living for eight years. After four years in Christchurch the family moved to Colorado and Paterson took up high school American Football. He was also involved in creating the Colorado Springs High School Rugby Club which won the 2005 state championship and has continued to be a strong side ever since. From there Paterson got the call up to play for the USA under 19 side.