- DOB15 Jul 1996
Beginning his rugby at hometown club Derby aged just eight-years-old, James Fish rose through the Saints Academy ranks before signing his first senior Club contract ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Winning the NatWest Vase with Trent College in 2014, Fish earned international honours as he represented England Under-18s on a tour of South Africa later that year. Returning to his club, the hooker helped Wanderers lift both the 2017 and 2018 Premiership Rugby Shield trophies, defeating Gloucester United and Exeter Braves in respective finals.
And Fish would earn his Saints number while still in the Senior Academy, debuting in the Premiership Rugby Cup against Newcastle Falcons in 2016 before scoring his first try in Black, Green and Gold later that season when he claimed a brace against Scarlets.
But it was during the 2018/19 campaign, where the hooker took his opportunity in an injury-struck Saints side, that Fish really broke into the first-team – adding some 24 appearances and three tries to his tally with Saints securing their first knock-out rugby in four years, and Fish starting the Gallagher Premiership semi-final against Exeter Chiefs and coming off the bench to help Saints lift the Premiership Rugby Cup at Franklin's Gardens.
And a further 19 appearances would follow in 2019/20, with Fish scoring his seventh try in Saints colours as the side beat Lyon Olympique to secure their first win on French soil since 2011 before the hooker made his 50th appearance in Saints' last outing that term.