- Jul 07, 1983
- Invercargill (New Zealand)
With his booming boot and and an ability to slot seemlessly into a number of backline positions, James has proved a vital asset to the Saints in his very first season with the club.
With Ben Foden ruled out for 10-weeks early in the season, the 26-year-old was a fine deputy in the 15 shirt, scoring twice against Wasps before moving out wide to occupy a wing berth.
Having agreed terms on a new deal to stay with the club, James most recently moved into the 13 role for the first time - not that it showed in the Saints' Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Saracens.
James arrived at Franklin's Gardens after a year spent with French outfit Bourgoin. Predominantly an inside centre during those 12 months, James has also played fly half and full back in his time both at the Stade Pierre Rajon and at former club, Southland.
He became an Invercargill hero when his drop goal won Southland the Ranfurly Shield with a victory over Canterbury in 2011. It capped an eight-year stay at the province for Wilson.