James Wilson (rugby union)
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|Full name||James Wilson|
|Date of birth||7 July 1983|
|Place of birth||Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (15 st 13 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
In 2003 Southland introduced James Wilson to the NPC when he played against Marlborough. Having now played for Southland for eight seasons he has been able to score over 200 points for his union, 82 of those in Ranfurly Shield challenges making him leader of the all-time shield points scorer for Southland. He left Southland for France at the end of the 2011 season playing 65 matches in total.
After a great Air New Zealand Cup season in 2006 in which Wilson lead the team in tries, Wilson's name had come into contention for the Highlanders 2007 Super 14 season. He eventually got called into the squad as a replacement player, being an accomplished goal kicker also helped his causes. He was a regular starter of the Highlanders Super 14 Squad in 2008, playing mostly at 10, and in 2009 a member of the Chiefs squad who eventually lost the 2009 Super Rugby final to the Bulls.
Immediately post the 2011 NPC season with Southland, Wilson had signed a two-year deal with ProD2 side CSBJ in France. Wilson was used initially at 15 for the first half of his first season but eventually made his way in to lead the team at 10 with strong showings at 12 also. Wilson would only play the one season in France, he would join English Premiership side Northampton Saints after the summer break.
James joined Northampton Saints for the 2012–13 season making his Premiership debut starting at 15 against Worcester. Wilson making an immediate impact at his new club scoring a brace of tries in only his second appearance. Wilson went on to scoring 4 tries in 13 appearances, playing in a number of positions throughout, finishing the 2012–13 season starting the Aviva Premiership Final against Leicester Tigers wearing the 13 jersey.
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