Place of Birth: Gold Coast, QLD
Senior Club: Bond University
Junior Club: Bond Pirates
School: The Southport School
Australian Schoolboys (2007)
Australian Under 20s (2009)
Australia A (2010)
Australian Wallabies (2010-)
Rugby World Cup (2011, 2015)
Queensland Country (2016-)
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.