James Campbell (rugby union)

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James Campbell
Full name James Alexander Campbell
Place of birth Saskatchewan, Canada
Place of death Winnipeg, Canada
School Merchiston Castle School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Halfback
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Merchistonians FC
Glasgow Academicals RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1878-1881 Scotland Scotland 5 (0)

James Alexander Campbell (1 July 1858 in Lake Athabasca, Canada - 20 June 1902 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)[1] was a Canadian-born rugby player who represented Scotland at international level.[2] He was capped for Scotland between 1878–81,[3] and he was amongst the youngest player ever to be capped for Scotland - he was around twenty years old when he was capped against England on 4 March 1878.[4]

Campbell attended Merchiston Castle School, which he was attending when capped in 1878.[4] He made his debut for Scotland in 1878 at the young age of 19. He earned a total of 5 caps for Scotland. For his final three internationals he was playing club rugby for Glasgow Academicals.


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  1. ^ James Campbell rugby profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ Bath, pp 65, 109
  3. ^ Bath, p109
  4. ^ a b Bath, p65

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