Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
DoB – 9th Dec 1995
Birthplace – Liverpool
Height – 6’ 3” (1.90m)
Weight – 16st 12lbs (107kg)
Position – Back-row
Honours – England U16 ‘A’, England Students
It was announced in August 2018 that James would be one of seven Exeter Chiefs players to be dual registered with the Cornish Pirates for the 2018/19 season. He shortly after made his debut in a pre-season fixture away to Aberavon Wizards.
This talented backrow forward, who graduated with a degree in Geography from Exeter University, had earlier in the year agreed a full-time Academy contract with the Aviva Premiership club.
Having started his career as a youngster at Colchester Rugby Club, James moved onto schooling at Eton and was part of the London Irish Academy between the ages of 15-18. At Exeter University he impressed the Sandy Park coaching staff with not only his displays for the University in the BUCS Super League, but also in the Aviva A League, Singha Premiership 7s and many training sessions.
After making 15 appearances for the Cornish Pirates in his first season at the ‘Mennaye’, when dual registered similarly in 2019/20 he featured and impressed once again. A further 18 games took his tally to 33, before in May 2020 came the welcome news that he was to become a fulltime ‘Pirate’, having signed a two-year contract with the club.
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
The final day of The Ashes series decider
What training drill do you dread the most?
Anything that involves a nippy back running at me
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Dan Frost - would love to see what goes on in his head
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I played Boxer the horse in a University production of Animal Farm
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?