Jim Hamilton (rugby union)

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Jim Hamilton
Jim Hamilton professional rugby player.jpg
Birth nameJames Leigh Hamilton
Date of birth (1982-11-17) 17 November 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthSwindon, Wiltshire, England
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight126 kg (278 lb; 19 st 12 lb)
SchoolCoundon Court School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Saracens
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leicester Tigers
Correct as of 11 April 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
63 (10)
Correct as of 21 March 2015

James Leigh Hamilton (born 17 November 1982) is a former Scottish rugby union footballer who last played for Saracens and represented Scotland. When playing he was known for his aggressive behaviour.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hamilton was born in Swindon, England, to a Scottish soldier father and a half-England half-Chinese mother.[2] He was brought up on a council estate in Coventry[2] and 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.[citation needed] He also spent a summer playing in New Zealand in order to advance his potential.[citation needed]

Rugby career[edit]

Hamilton played for England at under-19[1] and 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.[3]

In 2008 Hamilton signed a three-year contract with Edinburgh Rugby. Hamilton moved to Gloucester for the 2010–11 season.[4]

He was appointed captain of Gloucester Rugby for the 2012–13 season under their coach Nigel Davies.[5]

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.[6] On 28 May 2014, it was announced that Hamilton would leave Montpellier to return to England to join Saracens.[7]

On 2 September 2015, Hamilton announced his retirement from international rugby after Vern Cotter had not selected him for Scotland's World Cup squad[8]

In August 2016, Hamilton co-founded a sports marketing company with Ian Ascough called Those Fellas.[9]

On 13 May 2017, Hamilton announced that he would not play rugby beyond the end of the 2016–2017 season.[10]

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.[11]


  1. ^ a b Kitson, Robert (12 May 2017). "Saracens' Jim Hamilton: 'I didn't want my kids to see me whacking people'" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ a b Ralston, Gary (21 November 2013). "Rugby star Jim Hamilton: My Dad is Rangers daft, Scottish through and through - and hates the English!". dailyrecord.
  3. ^ "Jim Hamilton Scotland profile".
  4. ^ "Gloucester recruit lock Hamilton". BBC News. 17 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Jim Hamilton announced as new Gloucester captain". BBC Sport. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Jim Hamilton to leave Gloucester for France in 2013". BBC Sport. 12 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Saracens: Jim Hamilton, Juan Figallo and Mike Ellery to join". 28 May 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ Macpherson, Graeme (2 September 2015). "Jim Hamilton announces retirement from international rugby". The Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Jim Hamilton co-founds sports marketing company". Those Fellas. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Jim Hamilton: Saracens and former Scotland lock announces retirement". BBC Sport. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  11. ^ J.K. Rowling. "Pottermore". Sony. Retrieved 22 February 2014.

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