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James Slipper (born 6 June 1989 in Gold Coast, Queensland) is an Australian rugby union player who plays at prop. Slipper currently captains the Queensland Reds, making his debut during the 2010 Super 14 season. In June 2010 Slipper came on as a substitute in Australia's victory over England, earning his first international cap.[3]

James Slipper
Birth nameJames A. Slipper
Date of birth (1989-06-06) 6 June 1989 (age 30)[1]
Place of birthGold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight117 kg (258 lb; 18 st 6 lb)
SchoolThe Southport School[1]
Notable relative(s)(mother) Debby Slipper/ Teacher at AB Paterson College
Occupation(s)Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loosehead Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bond Pirates[1] ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014− Queensland Country 5 (0)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2018 Reds 105 (25)
Correct as of 21 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Australia Schoolboys[2]
Correct as of 19 September 2019


Slipper played his junior rugby for Bond Pirates, making him the second Wallaby to be produced by the club, after former Wallabies, Reds and Force hooker, Tai McIsaac.

Slipper was voted the 2009 Australian Under-20 Player of the Year on the basis of his performances at the Junior World Cup in Japan.[citation needed]

2010 seasonEdit

In February 2010, Slipper made his Super Rugby debut against the New South Wales Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.[citation needed]

Slipper was named in the squad for the Australia A national rugby union team's two matches against England in June 2010.[citation needed]

On 12 June 2010, Slipper made his debut for the Australia national rugby union team against England at Perth. He is the 843rd player in history to represent Australia. He quickly became a regular for the national team, playing in all six of Australia's matches in the 2010 Tri Nations Series. Slipper featured in 13 of the Wallabies 14 Tests during 2010.[citation needed]

2011 seasonEdit

Slipper was chosen in Australia's 30-man squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He played in all of Australia's games during the tournament.[citation needed]

2015 seasonEdit

On 16 January 2015, Slipper was appointed the new captain of the Queensland Reds, replacing James Horwill, who would be leaving the Reds at the end of the Super Rugby season to join English Premiership side Harlequin F.C..[4][5][6][7][8]

On 5 September 2015, he captained the Wallabies to a 47–10 victory over the United States at Soldier Field in Chicago, as part of their preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

2018 seasonEdit

In 2018, Slipper received a two-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d QRU (2010). "James Slipper player profile at". Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b ARU (2010). "James Slipper player profile at". Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  3. ^ James Standley (12 June 2010). "Australia 27–17 England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
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  9. ^ "James Slipper Sanctioned for Breaches of Rugby Australia Illicit Drugs Policy" (Press release). Rugby Australia. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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