Tom James (rugby player)

Tom James (born 17 April 1987 in Rhymney)[1] is a Welsh rugby union player.

Tom James
Birth nameThomas James
Date of birth (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 32)
Place of birthTrealaw, Wales
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
SchoolRhymney Comprehensive School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 Merthyr ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cardiff RFC
Exeter Chiefs
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2013, 2015–19
Cardiff Blues
Correct as of 30 December 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007– Wales 12 (10)
Correct as of 13 February 2016
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2007 Wales

He was a Welsh athlete before turning to rugby. His older brother, Robbie, is a professional welterweight boxer and former Welsh ABA Champion.

After turning to rugby, he joined Merthyr RFC on the wing. After a successful year at Merthyr James joined Cardiff RFC at the start of the 2006–07 season. James scored 11 tries in just nine games to open the season which brought him to the attention of the first fifteen, with whom he had an academy contract. He was immediately put into the 22 man squad for the Cardiff Blues trip to Edinburgh in the Celtic League. He came off the bench mid way through the second half and within minutes had marked his professional debut with a try.

His rise through Welsh rugby continued and during the 2006–07 season he joined the Wales Sevens team for a number of games. Following the 2006–07 season he was called up to the Welsh national squad for the summer tour of Australia, although he did not play a game on the tour.

During the build up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup he was a part of the National Team’s 40 man squad and made his debut for his country against England in August 2007. When the 40 man squad was cut to 30 at the end of August James was out and he returned to Cardiff Blues for the Magners League season. A slight knock kept him out of the first few games of the 2007–08 season. He came back shortly after the start, firstly playing a game for Cardiff RFC before starting the Blues away game against Munster in which he scored two tries. The following week he started again at home against Connacht and scored two more tries late on helping the Blues to a bonus point win.

James was top try scorer in the Magners League in the 2007–08 season.

James missed the first nine weeks of this season due to a groin injury. He scored a try in the final of the EDF Energy Cup at Twickenham on 18 April 2009 against Gloucester. He also scored the try that lead Cardiff to draw 26–26 in the Heineken Cup Semi-Final. On 18 January 2010 he was named in the 35 man Wales national Squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.[2]

On 24 January 2013 it was announced that James had signed for Exeter Chiefs for the 2013–14 season.[3] On 20 December 2014 it was announced that James had returned to the Cardiff Blues on a two-year deal.[4] On 1 June 2015 James was included in the Welsh training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and was included in the Welsh squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship.[5]


  1. ^ Tom James player profile
  2. ^ Wales 2010 Six Nations Squad
  3. ^ "Exeter Chiefs sign Cardiff Blues and Wales wing Tom James". BBC Sport. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Exeter Chiefs wing Tom James set for Cardiff Blues return". BBC Sport. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Ross Moriarty & Tomas Francis in Wales' World Cup training squad". BBC Sport. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.

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