James Buckland

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James Buckland
Birth name James Buckland
Date of birth (1981-09-21) 21 September 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Aylesbury, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team London Welsh (head coach)
Youth Career
Northampton Academy
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008 – 2011
Leicester Tigers
London Wasps
London Irish
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 –
England U21
England Saxons

James Buckland (born 21 September 1981 in Aylesbury, England) is a former rugby union player and current coach who played at hooker for Leicester Tigers, London Wasps, London Irish in the Aviva Premiership.

Born and raised in Aylesbury, Buckland started playing at Aylesbury RFC.[2] Whilst playing for his home town club, he was spotted and offered a contract with the Northampton Saints.[2] He did not make an appearance for their senior team and later signed with the Leicester Tigers during the summer of 2002.[2]

That same summer, Buckland represented England at the 2002 IRB U21 World Championships.[3]

During his spell with the Tigers, Buckland featured in the 2007 Heineken Cup Final.[4] He also represented the England Saxons at the 2006 Churchill Cup.[5]

Buckland joined London Wasps for the 2007–08 season.[6] Buckland signed for London Irish in the summer of 2008.[7] James Buckland retired from the game due to injury and became the forwards coach at Championship rugby club London Scottish from 2011/12 season.

In the summer of 2015 he became head coach at National One side Rosslyn Park on a 3-year contract.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - London Irish Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Inside Story: James Buckland". Leicester Tigers Official site. 2002-11-15. Retrieved 2009-12-20. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Soden off as England U-21s win". BBC. 2002-06-21. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  4. ^ "Heineken Cup final: Leicester 9–25 Wasps". BBC. 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  5. ^ "England Saxons 27–30 Ireland A". BBC. 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  6. ^ "Wasps sign Buckland from Tigers". BBC. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  7. ^ "Buckland signed for London Irish". BBC. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2009-12-20.

External links

  • London Irish profile
  • Wasps profile
  • Leicester Tigers profile
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