Jim Thompson (rugby union)

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Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson (r) with Scotland 7s and Heriot's team mate Chris Fusaro at the 2008 Edinburgh 7s
Full name James Gordon Thompson
Date of birth (1984-11-05) 5 November 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Catterick, North Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 14 st 4 lb (91 kg)
School Stewart's Melville College
Dollar Academy
University Napier University
Notable relative(s) Derek Thompson
Rory Lawson
Alan Lawson
Bill McLaren
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2007 Heriot's ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh Rugby
London Scottish
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Scotland A
Scotland Club XV
12 (5)
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
2007–2013 Scotland IRB Series
RWC 7s
FIRA-AER 7s Series
Melrose Sevens

Jim Thompson (born 5 November 1984 in Catterick, North Yorkshire, England) is a Scottish rugby union player. He currently works at King's Ely School in Cambridgeshire as Head of Rugby and Athletics.

Jim is the son of At The Races and Radio Five Live presenter Derek Thompson and the grandson of the 'Voice of Rugby' Bill McLaren. His cousin Rory Lawson and uncle Alan Lawson were Scotland international Scrum-halves with Rory having also played for Edinburgh Rugby albeit before Thompson joined the club. His cousin Gregor Lawson also played rugby for London Scottish, Heriot's and Scotland 7s and is one of the founders and owners of Morphsuits.

He went to school at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh and Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire before graduating with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Napier University.

Thompson was a member of Scottish Rugby's Senior National Academy.[1][2][3]

Club Rugby[edit]

Thompson played his first match for Edinburgh Rugby while an academy player as a replacement against Leinster in the opening fixture of the 2007–08 Celtic League season. He signed a professional contract with Edinburgh in May 2008.[4]

He joined Scottish Premier One side Heriot's in 2003 and was in the side who reached the final of the 2006 Melrose Sevens tournament. A tournament he would subsequently go on to win as part of the Scottish Thistles select side, formed of Scottish international sevens players, in the 125th Melrose Sevens in 2008.[5][6]

He represented Scotland Sevens at 18 World series tournament and was once the top try scorer at the Scotland Leg with 6 tries in one weekend.

In the draft of all players from the Scottish pro-teams (Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors) to the Scottish Premier One rugby clubs in June 2008, Thompson was selected by Heriot's to be available to play for them during the 2008–09 season when not required by Edinburgh or any of the national teams.[7]

His appearances at fullback were restricted at Edinburgh due to the return of Chris Paterson to the Edinburgh team in 2008, with whom he competed for the 15 jersey for until Paterson retired in May 2012.

He played a major role in helping Edinburgh Rugby get to the Semi Finals of the Heineken Cup where they lost to Ulster in the Aviva Stadium. His last act for Edinburgh was scoring a try in the Semi-final.

At the end of the 2011-12 season his contract with Edinburgh Rugby expired and he left the club to join London Scottish, where he has been playing since the beginning of the 2012-13 season. He quickly established himself as a key player at London Scottish, making 51 appearances over 2 seasons of the club's RFU Championship . He retired due to injury in January 2015 and now works as Head of Rugby and Athletics at King's Ely School, Cambridgeshire.

International Rugby[edit]

Thompson has represented Scotland 7s in the IRB Sevens World Series on 16 occasions since making his debut in 2007 when he represented in every round of the 2007–08 season scoring a total of 122 points including 22 tries. In his debut tournament in Dubai he scored tries against both France and the Arabian Gulf rugby union team.[8][9]

Thompson returned to the Scotland 7s squad for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow featuring once as a substitute during the pool stages but starting both Scotland's matches during the knock-out stage of the Plate competition scoring one try.[10]

In 2007, Thompson was part of the Scotland Club XV side who beat Ireland in a club international fixture shadowing the Six Nations match between the two countries' full international sides.[11]

At the 2008 Churchill Cup, Thompson made a try scoring Scotland A debut against Argentina and took part in the final against England Saxons.[12][13] Also in 2008, Thompson was part of the Scottish Thistles side (selected from the Scotland Sevens squad) which won the 125th Melrose Sevens tournament.[14]

Thompson trained with the senior Scotland squad during the 2010 Six Nations Championship.[15] Thompson was selected in the Scotland squad for the 2010 two-test summer tour to Argentina. He was one of four unused substitutes in the first test but dropped from the 22 for the second test.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ Scottish Rugby Union (2008). Player Profile Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  2. ^ Edinburgh 7s (2008). Scotland Sevens Squad Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  3. ^ Edinburgh Rugby (2008). James Thompson – (Full-back) Edinburgh Rugby. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  4. ^ Ferguson, David (28 May 2008) McLaren's Grandson Signs For Edinburgh The Scotsman. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  5. ^ Edinburgh Rugby (2008). James Thompson – (Full-back) Edinburgh Rugby. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  6. ^ Melrose Sevens (2008). [1] Melrose Sevens. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  7. ^ Scottish Rugby Union (22 June 2008). Links Between P1 Clubs And Pro-Teams To Be Strengthened Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  8. ^ Edinburgh 7s (2008). Scotland Sevens Squad Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  9. ^ Scottish Rugby Union Scotland 7s (Jim Thompson) Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  10. ^ IRB Official RWC Sevens 2013 Site IRB. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  11. ^ Scottish Rugby Union (9 March 2007). Scots Gain Sweet Revenge Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  12. ^ The Scotsman (12 June 2008) Shadow Scots Hold On To Reach Final The Scotsman. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  13. ^ The Scotsman (21 June 2008) Churchill Cup: Thomson Not Cowed By Saxons The Scotsman. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  14. ^ Ferguson, David (14 April 2008) Thistles Ensure A Scots Sting In The Tail At Melrose The Scotsman. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  15. ^ "Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks returns to Scotland squad". BBC. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Scottish Rugby (12 May 2010) Jim Thompson set for Scotland debut in Argentina Scottish Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  17. ^ Campbell, Andy (12 June 2010)Argentina 16-24 Scotland BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  18. ^ BBC (16 June 2010)Danielli wins start for Scotland against Argentina BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2014.

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