James McLaren

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James McLaren
Full name James Gerard McLaren
Date of birth (1972-07-28) 28 July 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
School St Stanislaus College, Bathurst
University Hawkesbury Agricultural College
Notable relative(s) Tom McLaren, brother
Rugby league career
Position Full back / Centre
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)

1997
Canberra Raiders
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997 Scotland 1
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Stirling County
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–1998
1998
1998–2000
2000–2002
2002–2004
2004–2006
Glasgow Warriors
Caledonia Reds
Bourgoin
Glasgow Warriors
Begles-Bordeaux
Bayonne
0
1

38
(0)
(0)

(72)
correct as of 18 December 2012.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–2003 Scotland 30 (30)
correct as of 18 December 2012.

James "Jim / Fritz / Jock" Gerard McLaren (born (1972-06-28)28 June 1972 in Stirling) is a Scottish dual-code international rugby league and rugby union footballer, playing representative level rugby league for the Scotland national rugby league team, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, and playing representative level rugby union for the Scotland national rugby union team, as a centre and for Glasgow Warriors and Caledonia Reds.[1]

He was the first player to be capped by Scotland in a Rugby League international before representing in a Rugby Union international.[2]

Club career[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

James McLaren played rugby league in Australia for the Canberra Raiders, before returning to his hometown of Stirling to play rugby union for Stirling County. While with Stirling he was called up to the provincial rugby union sides Glasgow Warriors and Caledonia Reds.

Whilst playing for Stirling against Melrose, McLaren was given a 26-week ban by the Scottish Rugby Union for being found to have kicked Craig Chalmers in the head, in a ruck. Stirling County had claimed that slow-motion video evidence proved that while Chalmers had, indeed, been kicked, the act had not been deliberate. The SRU stated that it was their intent for a 26-week ban for kicking to the head to be mandatory.[3] At the rugby union ban, McLaren once again took up rugby league.

At the time rugby league had switched to a summer sport in Britain. McLaren signed for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 1997. Serving out his rugby union ban in rugby league, he returned to Glasgow Warriors for the start of the 1997–98 season.

Rugby Union[edit]

He was named as a replacement in Glasgow's European Conference match at home to Agen in 30 October 1996.[4] He also played in Glasgow's pre-season match against London Scottish coming off the bench to replace Alan Bulloch in 10 August 1997.

However he also played for Caledonia Reds late in season 1997–98.[5]

When Caledonia Reds folded at the end of season 1997–98, McLaren was earmarked to return to Glasgow Warriors. However instead he went to France playing for Bourgoin.

Two years later, in 2000, McLaren did sign back with Glasgow Warriors.[6]

He stayed in Glasgow another two years before returning to France, to play for Begles-Bordeaux and then Bayonne.

International honours[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

Jim Mclaren won a cap for Scotland in rugby league while at the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the 20–22 defeat to France in Glasgow on 9 July 1997.

Rugby Union[edit]

His international rugby union début for the Scotland national rugby union team came against Argentina in 1999. He made 30 Test appearances between 1999 and 2003 and finished his representative career playing in all four of Scotland's pool games in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup.

Personal[edit]

Born in Stirling, he emigrated to Australia in 1979.[7]

McLaren was educated in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, and attended St Stanislaus College.[8] He completed teritary qualifications in microbiology, from Hawkesbury Agricultural College in Sydney, prior to commencing his professional rugby career.

He used the name 'Jim' in rugby league; and 'James' when in rugby union.[9]

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