James Ryan (rugby union, born 1983)
|Full name||James Andrew Cheyne Ryan|
|Date of birth||10 February 1983|
|Place of birth||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Height||2 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||124 kg (273 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Ryan was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and attended Christ's College where he was a significant player in the school's First XV for three years. He later attended Knox College at the University of Otago where he embarked upon Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees.
He made his All Black debut age 22, versus Fiji in 2005. He went on to play 9 further test matches for the national side.
Ryan was also a part of the New Zealand under 21 team in 2004.
In 2005 Ryan was labelled by former All Black coach Laurie Mains as "potentially one of the great All Black locks". He was sidelined in April 2007 with a serious knee injury. Ryan had 3 operations in the space of 12 months and announced the termination of his contract with the Otago Rugby Union in March 2008 and confirmed he was taking an indefinite break from rugby.
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