|Date of birth||29 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Sydney, Australia|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
James Hilgendorf, (born on 29 March 1982 in Sydney, Australia) is a rugby union professional who plays for the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby competition. His usual position is fly-half, but he can also play in the centres or at fullback.
He transferred to Western Force for the 2006 to 2008 Super Rugby seasons, then moved to Japan to play for the Kintetsu Liners, and later the Kobelco Steelers. In May 2010 Hilgendorf signed to join the Melbourne Rebels for the 2011 Super Rugby season. After short stints with both the Waratahs and Rebels in 2013, Hilgendorf retired after the Shute Shield final loss to Sydney University with his long term school mate Tim Davidson.
He now is an accredited RUPA Rugby Union Player Agent who works for The Blaze Agency Pty Ltd and rugby coach at The King's School, Parramatta.
On May 20, 2016 video footage emerged on a private Facebook page that showed Hilgendorf encouraging his students to rugby tackle and mistreat sheep during a training exercise. The action was described as "horrific" by the RSPCA and was condemned by farming groups. The cruelty led to calls for Hilgendorf's sacking and also for the laying of criminal charges.
- Force calls in Hilgendorf
- Harris, Bret (13 May 2010). "James Hilgendorf joins Melbourne Rebels". Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
- "Western Force reversing overseas player drain". rugby.com.au. 26 April 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- Long, David (8 February 2009). "How the Super 14 sides shape up for 2009". Sunday News. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
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