James accompanied Tom Plance in the half backs for the inaugural fixture which was fitting as James was part of the mutually supportive group off the field too which helped the club overcome several challenges to set up ahead of the 2017 season and fulfill all fixture with some exciting victories playing attractive Rugby with a good crop of youngsters.
James has played at a high standard in the community game having a stint with Stanley Rangers (Wakefield) in the National Conference League and during his time at Bath Rugby League he was full-time Performance Officer at the RFL (Rugby Football League) working on the England pathway programme. On matchdays he was the clubs player-coach supporting players to learn the technicalities of Rugby League as they go.
He enjoys going into clubs and improving togetherness, club cultures and structures. He has the experience of playing for several clubs both League and union with the skill and rugby brain to control and close out a game. He showed a passion and desire for growing the club travelling down from his home in Castleford, West Yorkshire for matchdays.
James commented about his time with Bath Rugby League:
“I really enjoyed being part of the inaugural season for Bath RL as a player-coach. We had some fantastic victories early in the season over established south-west clubs Oxford Cavaliers and Bristol Sonics on our opening day which were fantastic memories. Bath RL is a fantastic club driven by some really fantastic characters like Chris Chatten that make the club very inviting and a great place to be. I wish the club well in the future and hope that they can achieve every success both on and off the field.”
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