Super Rugby

Height: 186cm
Weight: 115kg
Born: 06/06/1989
Place of Birth: Gold Coast, QLD
Senior Club: Bond University
Junior Club: Bond Pirates
School: The Southport School

Representative Honours
Australian Schoolboys (2007)
Australian Under 20s (2009)
Queensland (2010-)
Australia A (2010)
Australian Wallabies (2010-)
Rugby World Cup (2011, 2015)
Queensland Country (2016-)


Playing History

Representative Caps Points Debut
NRC: Queensland Country 5 - 2016 v Melbourne Rising, Melbourne
Queensland 95 25 (5T) 2010 v NSW Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium
Super Rugby 95 25 (5T) 2010 v NSW Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium
Test Rugby 86 - 2010 v England, Perth

Player Bio

St.George Queensland Reds prop James Slipper is determined to make his mark on the 2018 season after an injury disrupted 2017.

One of the preeminent props in Australia was left sidelined for much of last year after suffering a ruptured Achilles four rounds into the season, but used the setback to add a physical edge to his game – spending months in the gym to build back up to an imposing 120kg. He then proceeded to throw his considerable weight around in the National Rugby Championship as he helped Bond University Queensland Country reach their first-ever grand final, but was unable to take the field in their last win due to a fractured eye socket suffered in the semi-final.

Needless to say, one of the Reds’ most recognisable and appreciated players is desperate to get back on the field and contribute to his beloved state. He will have the added motivation in 2018 of being five caps away from joining the exclusive ‘100 club’.

Slipper spent much of his youth south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast, nurturing his Rugby talents at The Southport School, while spending many waking hours on his other great love – surfing.

Slipper is entering his ninth season of professional Rugby and has built an impressive level of experience, having captained both state and country.

Named captain for the third season running and was on track to earn his 100th Queensland cap against arch rivals New South Wales, before his season was cruelly cut short when he ruptured his Achilles against the Lions in Johannesburg – which ruled him out for the remainder of the season. Came back from injury to feature in four games for Queensland Country on their way to winning the NRC title, but a fractured eye socket ruled him out of the final.
Missed the start of the season after undergoing shoulder and knee surgery in the off-season. Played 10 games for the Reds in Super Rugby. Featured in 12 games for the Wallabies throughout the June Test window, The Rugby Championship and the Spring Tour.
Named new Reds captain to allow time for outgoing skipper James Horwill to mentor him in his final season for Queensland. Had another marathon season for the Reds, starting at loosehead in all 16 of their Super Rugby games. James battled through the pain of a torn patella tendon and an AC joint injury to ensure he could lead the team out each week. James featured in 11 of the Wallabies’ 12 Tests in 2015, only missing their Rugby World Cup pool match against Uruguay. He was named Wallabies captain for the first time for Australia’s pre-World Cup tour match against the USA in Chicago.
Enjoyed one of his strongest seasons at the Reds, where he played in all but two of their Super Rugby matches and claimed the Pilecki Medal for Players’ Player of the Year for the second time. He also won the People’s Choice and Spirit of the Reds awards at the Reds Gala Ball and received the Rugby Union Players’ Association Medal for Excellence at the end of the year. Earned his 50th Wallabies cap in the first June Test against France at his home ground of Suncorp Stadium and went on to play in all 14 Wallabies Tests, plus their uncapped Spring Tour match against the Barbarians.
Played every Super Rugby match, starting at tighthead prop in all but one, where he came off the bench. Captained the team five times, including the opening four rounds of the competition. Earned his 50th Cap for Queensland, in the final game of the Super Rugby season against the Waratahs. Selected in the Wallabies side which played against the British & Irish Lions during the middle of the year, before being selected in Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies squads for The Rugby Championship and Spring Tour, where he was a regular starter at loosehead prop.
Played in every Reds Super Rugby game and became just the second prop in Queensland Rugby history to win the prestigious Pilecki Medal, awarded to the Players’ Player of the Year.
Excelled in his second season of Super Rugby, playing an instrumental role during 14 games in the Reds’ championship-winning campaign. Ankle injury in the final regular-season game against the Chiefs ruled him out of the semi-final and final successes, although he recovered for selection in both the Wallabies initial 40-man and Rugby World Cup squads.
Progressed from QAS Academy squad member and Super Rugby debutant to play all but one of the Wallabies’ Tests. Made his Wallabies debut in difficult circumstances, coming off the bench when Australia’s scrum was being hammered in Australia’s 27-17 win over England in Perth.
Voted the Australian Under-20 Player of the Year following his performances at the Junior World Championship in Japan.

Updated 20/11/2017