|Weight||100kg (15st 10lb)|
Playing at centre up to the age of 15, then figuring at blindside flanker for a year was part of the process that led to James Chisholm appearing at No. 8 and captaining England U18 to a 57-13 win over Scotland on his debut at Darlington in March 2013. He also led the side to a 27-22 victory over hosts France at Grenoble in the subsequent FIRA/AER final and scored three tries in the tournament.
Another two touchdowns followed in the opening match of the South Africa tour in August 2013 and he captained the side in all three matches that produced wins over Wales by 17-15 and France by 12-8. His maiden try for England U20 was against Scotland at Galashiels last February and he shared in the side’s IRB Junior World Championship triumph in New Zealand in June, playing in all five games. He scored two tries in the 63-3 pool win over Italy.
Haywards Heath-born and a member of the Harlequins Academy, he is the younger brother of Ross, who has played at first team for the club and has a contract extending until 2015.
James studied biology, physical education and a BTEC in Sport at Brighton College, where he was the first XV captain, having attended London Meed Primary in Burgess Hill and Warden Park Academy, Cuckfield. He took up the game with Haywards Heath RFC and has represented Harlequins in the A League.
Heath’s John Graham and his school coach Steve Heaton were his past mentors while current coaches Nick Buoy and Roger Nicholson, together with Howard Graham and Jim Evans at Harlequins are guiding him along.
He was the Canterbury Player of the Month in the December 2012 issue of Rugby World magazine that highlighted his strong performance for Quins A against Saracens just weeks after his 17th birthday. The article said: “He has been outstanding for his college. His surges and ball-carrying are key to the pack’s high work rate.”
James has also captained Warden Park School and Harlequins U18 and represented Sussex and London & South East and England U16A and U17. His most memorable match was against Wellington in the Daily Mail RBS Schools U15 Cup quarter-final. Away from the game, he was the Sussex U18 high jump champion.
His favourite player is Lawrence Dallaglio while Twickenham Stoop is his top venue. His father also has distinctions as a former Everton footballer and coach of the England U18 soccer team.
U20 International Record
15 points – 3T
2014 F, S, I, It World Championship – It, A(R), Arg, I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014