James Sandford (rugby union)

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James Sandford
Date of birth (1989-01-27) January 27, 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Richhill, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Height 2.00 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 116 kg (256 lb; 18.3 st)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Rotherham Titans
London Irish
Cornish Pirates
London Welsh
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–09 Ireland u20 13 (5)

William Patrick James Sandford (born 27 January 1989) is a rugby union player with Aviva Premiership side London Welsh. Born in Richhill, County Armagh Northern Ireland, Sandford attended The Royal School, Armagh. Having captained the Ulster Schools and Irish schools in his second year in those squads he was named Northern Bank Schools player of the year and subsequently joined the Ulster Academy. In 2009 he was awarded National Young Player of the Year by the Irish Examiner.[1] On leaving school he represented Ulster U20's captaining the side and Irish U20's where he was involved in two Under 20's Six Nations campaigns and one IRB Junior World Championship.

In 2010 Sandford left Ulster to join English, RFU Championship side Rotherham Titans. After a season under Andre Besters he made the move to London Irish on a one-year deal for season 2011–12.[2] After making an impression in the Premiership he put pen to paper and signed a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season. He signed for the Cornish Pirates in May, 2013.[3] On 12 July 2014, Sandford signs for London Welsh who compete in the Aviva Premiership ahead of the 2014–15 season.[4]


  1. ^ Sandford, James. "Junior Sports Star". Ulster Rugby. 
  2. ^ Sandford, James. "Sandford to become an Exile". BBC. 
  3. ^ Straughan, Dick (9 May 2013). "Pirates complete two more deals". The Cornishman. p. 88. 
  4. ^ "London Welsh sign Cornish Pirates lock James Sandford from next season". Sky Sports. 12 June 2014. 

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