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DoB 26th May 1999
Height 6’ (1.82m)
Weight 18st 4lbs (116kg)
Honours England U20s
James is in his second spell dual registered from Exeter Chiefs. He first appeared early in the 2021/22 season, playing in five games before his development and form saw him recalled to the Chiefs first team squad.
A product of Exeter Chiefs’ successful Academy programme, James played his youth rugby at Chess Valley, Rickmansworth, and then Kingsbridge before he started to develop his game further when he attended both Bicton and Exeter College.
A mobile and dynamic performer about the field, James’ progression has seen him play for Taunton Titans in National 2 South, and for Plymouth Albion when dual registered for the Devon side in National 1. Featuring for Exeter Braves in the Premiership Rugby Shield, and in the Chiefs senior team that won the Premiership Rugby Cup in 2018, he was honoured to play for England under 20s in the 2019 Junior World Cup competition held in Argentina, whilst at the end of the 2022/23 season he had a brief spell on loan at Coventry.
Early influences in James’ career include his mum, who got him into the sport after she watched the Hong Kong 7s whilst travelling in Asia, his coaches at Kingsbridge and also the coaching provided by Exeter’s Rob Gibson and Glenn Channing.
As for other interests, James likes all sports in general, and he wanted to be a footballer. Always on the large side, however, in his own words for him it was not a suitable option – thus he was rugby’s gain!