Jim Hamilton (rugby union)

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Jim Hamilton
Full name James Leigh Hamilton
Date of birth (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Swindon, England
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 124 kg (19 st 7 lb)
School Coundon Court School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Leicester Tigers
Edinburgh Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
correct as of 25 November 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
57 (5)
correct as of 25 November 2014.

James Leigh Hamilton (born 17 November 1982) is a Scottish rugby union footballer who plays for Saracens and Scotland.

Born in Swindon, England, the son of a soldier also called James who was a sergeant major in the Army. He was educated at Coundon Court School in Coventry, and played for Barkers Butts R.F.C, whilst there he was part of the Warwickshire Colts side before joining Leicester Tigers. He also spent a summer playing in New Zealand in order to advance his potential.

Known as Big Jim because he is 6'8" and 19 st 11 lb he was both the tallest and heaviest member of the Leicester squad.

Hamilton played for England at U21 level but decided to opt for senior honours with Scotland. He was the 1000th man to be capped by Scotland when he made an appearance off the bench against Romania in 11 November 2006. He gained his second cap off the bench against Australia when called up at the last minute for Nathan Hines, over confusion over whether or not Hines was suspended. He was included in the 2007 World Cup squad making several appearances during the group stages. Hamilton scored his first international try for Scotland on 19 June 2010, in Scotland's victory over Argentina.[1]

In 2008 Hamilton signed a three year contract with Edinburgh Rugby. Hamilton moved to Gloucester for the 2010/2011 season.[2]

He was appointed captain of Gloucester Rugby for the 2012/13 season by new coach Nigel Davies.[3]

On 12 December 2012, it was announced Jim Hamilton would leave Gloucester at the end of the season to join French club Montpellier on a three-year contract.[4] On 28 May 2014, it was announced that Hamilton would leave Montpellier to return to England to join Saracens.[5]

He is also briefly mentioned on Pottermore, in an excerpt written by J.K. Rowling for the website, suggesting that he is in fact a squib masquerading as a muggle.[6]


  1. ^ "Jim Hamilton Scotland profile". 
  2. ^ "Gloucester recruit lock Hamilton". BBC News. 17 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jim Hamilton announced as new Gloucester captain". BBC Sport. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jim Hamilton to leave Gloucester for France in 2013". BBC Sport. 12 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Saracens: Jim Hamilton, Juan Figallo and Mike Ellery to join Saracens
  6. ^ J.K. Rowling. "Pottermore". Sony. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 

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