James Parsons (rugby)

James William Parsons (born 27 November 1986) is a Rugby union footballer who plays as a hooker for the Blues in Super Rugby [1][2] and North Harbour in the ITM Cup.[3]

James Parsons
Full nameJames William Parsons
Date of birth (1986-11-27) 27 November 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthPalmerston North, New Zealand
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight106 kg (234 lb; 16 st 10 lb)
SchoolKing's College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team North Harbour, Blues
All Black No. 1137
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007– North Harbour 103 (97)
2012– Blues 106 (45)
Correct as of 12 April 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2016 New Zealand 2 (0)
2014 Barbarian F.C. 1 (0)
Correct as of 12 April 2019

He was born in Palmerston North and educated at King's College in Auckland, completing his education in 2004. After being called up to the All Blacks squad as injury cover, he made his international debut against Scotland on 15 November 2014.Parsons is one of 8 All Blacks to have come from the Takapuna Rugby Club.

In 2015, he gave up his starting spot to the retiring Kevin Mealamu in his 50th appearance for the Blues against Highlanders at Eden Park. Parsons would take over as the captain of the Blues the following year.

Parsons was re-selected for New Zealand in 2016, following the injury of Nathan Harris, playing off the bench against Australia in Westpac Stadium for the Bledisloe Series. Parsons was later injured himself at a training session, preventing any further game time that year.


  1. ^ "James Parsons Blues Player Profile". Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Blues squad announced for 2013". 31 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  3. ^ "James Parsons North Harbour Player Profile". Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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