Dafydd James

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Dafydd James
Full name Dafydd Rhys James
Date of birth (1975-07-24) 24 July 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth Mufulira, Zambia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)
School Brynteg Comprehensive School
University Swansea University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995–1997
1997–1999
1999–2001
2001–2003
2003-2004
2004–2005
2005-2009
2009
2009-2010
2010
2010–2011
Bridgend
Pontypridd
Llanelli
Bridgend
Celtic Warriors
Harlequins
Scarlets
Bridgend Ravens
Cardiff Blues
Sale
HKCC
43
54
52
33
18
22
72
1
4
7
(80)
(115)
(145)
(80)
(10)
(15)
(115)
(5)
(0)
(0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996
1997
1995–2007
2001
Wales U21
Wales A
Wales
British and Irish Lions
1
1
48
3
(0)
(0)
(75)
(5)

Dafydd Rhys James (born 24 July 1975) is a former Welsh international rugby union footballer who plays on the wing or at centre. He toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2001. James was born in Mufulira, Zambia, but has earned 48 caps for Wales and three for the British & Irish Lions.[1] His clubs include; Kenfig Hill RFC, Llanelli, Bridgend, Pontypridd, Harlequins, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks and HKCC Rugby.

Domestic career[edit]

He had his contract with the Scarlets terminated in 2009 alongside Simon Maling and Gavin Thomas after he was injured for most of the 2008/09 season with a neck injury.[2] James considered taking legal action after he claimed he was 'humiliated' and was denied access to the team bus and training. The Scarlets said he was injured which allowed them to invoke a clause that allowed him to released if he was injured for 26 weeks, despite James claiming to be fit.[3]

He moved on to the Cardiff Blues for the 2009/10 season,[4] but with limited success, he started just one match in the Magners League. He moved to the Sale Sharks in January 2010 to cover for an injury crisis,[5] but he failed to have an impact on them scoring no tries and he was released at the end of the season.[6]

He did hold the record for leading try scorer in the Heineken Cup with 29 but was overtaken by Vincent Clerc in 2009.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

James made his international debut in 1996 and went on to win 51 caps during league play. His last cap came at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espnscrum.com/timeline/rugby/player/12274.html
  2. ^ "Scarlets release ex-Wales wing". BBC Sport. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "James in Scarlets legal dispute". BBC Sport. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blues sign wing James and Laulala". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dafydd James switches from Cardiff Blues to Sale". BBC Sport. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brent Cockbain goes in Sale Sharks overhaul". BBC Sport. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 

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