Jim Hamilton (rugby union)

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Jim Hamilton
Jim Hamilton professional rugby player.jpg
Full name James Leigh Hamilton
Nickname Big Jim
Date of birth (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Swindon, England
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 127 kg (280 lb; 20 st 0 lb)
School Coundon Court School
Notable relative(s) Alex Penny (Brother)
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Saracens
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Leicester Tigers
Edinburgh Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
Correct as of 25 January 2015
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
63 (10)
Correct as of 21 March 2015

James Leigh Hamilton (born 17 November 1982) is an English rugby union footballer who plays for Saracens and Scotland.

Born in Swindon, England. He was educated at Coundon Court School in Coventry, and played for Barkers Butts R.F.C, whilst there he was part of the Warwickshire Colts side before joining Leicester Tigers. He also spent a summer playing in New Zealand in order to advance his potential.

Known as Big Jim because he is 6'8" and 19 st 11 lb he was both the tallest and heaviest member of the Leicester squad.

Hamilton played for England at under-21 level but decided to opt for senior honours with Scotland. He was the 1000th man to be capped by Scotland when he made an appearance off the bench against Romania on 11 November 2006. He gained his second cap off the bench against Australia when called up at the last minute for Nathan Hines, over confusion over whether or not Hines was suspended. He was included in the 2007 World Cup squad making several appearances during the group stages. Hamilton scored his first international try for Scotland on 19 June 2010, in Scotland's victory over Argentina.[1]

In 2008 Hamilton signed a three-year contract with Edinburgh Rugby. Hamilton moved to Gloucester for the 2010–11 season.[2]

He was appointed captain of Gloucester Rugby for the 2012–13 season under their coach Nigel Davies.[3]

On 12 December 2012, it was announced Hamilton would leave Gloucester at the end of the season to join French club Montpellier on a three-year contract.[4] On 28 May 2014, it was announced that Hamilton would leave Montpellier to return to England to join Saracens.[5]

On 2 September 2015, Hamilton announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect.[6]

He is also briefly mentioned on Pottermore, in an excerpt written by J.K. Rowling for the website, suggesting that he is in fact a squib masquerading as a muggle, alongside fellow players Stuart Hogg and Kelly Brown.[7]

In August 2016, Hamilton co-founded a sports marketing company with Ian Ascough called Those Fellas[8]


  1. ^ "Jim Hamilton Scotland profile". 
  2. ^ "Gloucester recruit lock Hamilton". BBC News. 17 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jim Hamilton announced as new Gloucester captain". BBC Sport. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jim Hamilton to leave Gloucester for France in 2013". BBC Sport. 12 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Saracens: Jim Hamilton, Juan Figallo and Mike Ellery to join Saracens
  6. ^ "Jim Hamilton quits international rugby". Daily Mail. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  7. ^ J.K. Rowling. "Pottermore". Sony. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jim Hamilton co-founds sports marketing company". Those Fellas. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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