James Grindal

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James Grindal
Full name James Grindal
Date of birth (1980-08-18) 18 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb) [1]
School King Henry VIII School, Coventry
University Loughborough University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Current team Bristol Rugby
Youth Career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)


Leicester Tigers
Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers
Bristol Rugby
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
  England under 18 England Under 21 England Saxons Barbarians ()

James Grindal (born 1980 in Nuneaton) is a rugby union footballer who plays scrum-half for Bristol Rugby. He has been capped by England at Under-18, Under-21 and England Saxons level.

A former pupil of King Henry VIII School in Coventry, scrum-half Grindal made his first-team debut for Leicester Tigers as a 19-year-old and, between 1999 and 2002 made 27 appearances, and was involved in the first-team squad during three Premiership title wins and the back to back Heineken Cup wins in 2000 and 2001, in a golden era for the club.

Grindal made a move to Newcastle Falcons, under Director of Rugby Rob Andrew, in the summer of 2002. He made 156 first-team appearances for Newcastle between 2002 and 2009, and won the Powergen Cup after victory over Sale Sharks at Twickenham in 2004.[2] Grindal has been partnered at half back with World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, during his time there.

He was called into the England Saxons side that defeated Ireland A on 1 February 2008.[3][4]

On 25 June 2009 it was confirmed that he would return to his former club, Leicester Tigers, from the Newcastle Falcons to replace the departing Julien Dupuy. In his second spell as a Leicester Tigers player, Grindal was in the matchday squad for 2 Twickenham Premiership Finals in 2010 and 2011, picking up an Aviva Premiership winner’s medal in 2010. He made a further 59 appearances for the first team in these 3 seasons.

He joined Bristol for the 2012/13 season, and was Club Captain for the 2013/14 season, making 43 appearances in his 2 seasons there.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Newcastle 37–33 Sale". BBC. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "England Saxons squad for Ireland A match". RFU. 2008-01-23. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 

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