|Full name||James Gerard McLaren|
|Date of birth||28 July 1972|
|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|
|Rugby union career|
James "Jim / Fritz / Jock" Gerard McLaren (born 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.28 June 1972 in
He was the first player to be capped by Scotland in a Rugby League international before representing in a Rugby Union international.
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. 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.
He was named as a replacement in Glasgow's European Conference match at home to Agen in 30 October 1996. He also played in Glasgow's pre-season match against London Scottish coming off the bench to replace Alan Bulloch in 10 August 1997.
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.
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.
Born in Stirling, he emigrated to Australia in 1979.
McLaren was educated in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, and attended St Stanislaus College. 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.
- Falconer, Candice (16 September 2011). "This great Scot's now a watcher". Western Advocate. Fairfax Regional Media. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- Kenny Logan. Just for kicks.