- DOB26 Jun 1998
James Grayson signed his first senior contract at Saints ahead of the 2019/20 season, after catching the eye as part of the Club’s Senior Academy.
A former pupil at Northampton School for Boys and son of Saints legend Paul, fly-half Grayson made his first senior appearance in Black, Green and Gold midway through the 2017/18 campaign, and added ten more appearances that term while scoring 26 points from the tee.
Grayson also helped the Wanderers lift the Premiership Rugby A League trophy in both 2017 and 2018, defeating Gloucester United and Exeter Braves in two consecutive finals.
But it was under new director of rugby Chris Boyd that Grayson really got his chance; the No.10 made 18 appearances in the 2018/19 season, scoring his first senior try against Bristol Bears in the Premiership Rugby Cup, claiming that competition’s Breakthrough Player award on the way to helping Northampton lift the trophy – the Club’s first silverware in five years.
International honours came Grayson’s way in 2015 and 2016 as he represented England at Under-17 and Under-18 levels respectively before helping England win the Under-18s Five Nations with an impressive 21 points in the final match against Wales.
It was no surprise that the fly-half made the jump to England Under-20s in 2017, claiming his first cap in the Six Nations that year before earning the call into the squad for both the 2017 and 2018 World Rugby Under-20 Championships.