RUGBY | LEINSTER | MAORI ALL-BLACK INTERNATIONAL | FORMER SUPER RUGBY
A native of New Zealand’s South Island James was a school’s athletics champion and represented New Zealand Under-15s at basketball, but he has applied his athletic ability and mind to great success so far as a professional rugby player.
He played for the Tasman Makos and in Super Rugby for the Chiefs in New Zealand before signing for Irish province Leinster in the Pro14 ahead of for the 2017–18 season. He quickly established himself as a Leinster fans’ favourite scoring 10 tries and beating 40 defenders and achieving winners’ medals in both the European Champions Cup and Pro14 in his first season.
He previously represented New Zealand Schools in 2010 and also was selected for the Māori All Blacks in 2014 and 2016.
A witty straight talker, James has a habit of lighting up any environment he is invited into with his energy.