James Ryan (rugby union, born 1983)

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James Ryan
Full name James Andrew Cheyne Ryan
Date of birth (1983-02-10) 10 February 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 124 kg (273 lb)
Occupation(s) Lawyer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2006 Otago 19 ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2007 Highlanders 27 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand
New Zealand under 21's
9 (0)

James Andrew Cheyne Ryan (born 10 February 1983) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. His position was lock.

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.[1]


Ryan played for the Highlanders in Super Rugby and for Otago in the National Provincial Championship.

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.[1]

In 2005 Ryan was labelled by former All Black coach Laurie Mains as "potentially one of the great All Black locks".[2] 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.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The life of James Ryan". m.nzherald.co.nz. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "James Ryan calls it quits". Stuff.co.nz. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

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