- 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 in the 2017/18 season opener, and added ten more appearances that term while scoring 26 points from the tee.
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. Back at club level, Grayson also helped 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 director of rugby Chris Boyd that Grayson was really given 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. And a further 19 appearances in Saints colours would follow in 2019/20, with racking up a further 142 points, more than any other Saint that term.
And Grayson would hit 50 senior appearances in Black, Green and Gold during the 2020/21 season as he made 12 outings for Saints that term.