Tom James (rugby player)

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Tom James
Full name Thomas James
Date of birth (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Rhymney, Wales
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
School Rhymney Comprehensive School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003-2006
2006-2009
2006–2013
2013-
Merthyr
Cardiff
Cardiff Blues
Exeter

15
115

(70)
(195)
correct as of 10:41, 18 February 2008 (UTC).
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007-2010 Wales 10 (10)
correct as of 15 November 2011.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2007 Wales

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

He was a former 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 regional side, 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 Magners League. He came off the bench mid way through the second half and within minutes had marked his regional 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 Teams 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.

On the Welsh summer tour to South Africa in 2008, James spoke out against Warren Gatlands selection policy. James was disappointed not to get more game time whilst on tour. This sparked support from many Cardiff Blues fans who had been in awe of his performances for the Blues.

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]

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