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James Simpson-Daniel
Birth nameJames Simpson-Daniel
Date of birth (1982-05-30) 30 May 1982 (age 42)
Place of birthStockton-on-Tees, England
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb)[1]
SchoolSedbergh School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001-2014 Gloucester Rugby 276 (600)
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
England Saxons



James David Simpson-Daniel (born 30 May 1982 in Stockton-on-Tees)[2] is a former English rugby union footballer who played wing or centre for Gloucester Rugby.

He attended Red House School & Sedbergh School in the Yorkshire Dales, which has produced a number of professional rugby union players including Will Greenwood, Will Carling and Phil Dowson, with whom he played alongside in the same XV. He began playing for the Yorkshire Under 18s and then the North East Under 18s. His Gloucester Rugby debut was against Rotherham in 2001, when he scored a superb individual try.[citation needed]

He represented England at the Hong Kong Sevens in 2002 and scored a hat trick in the final, which England won. He also scored a hat trick in a club game against Bath. Four days before his twentieth birthday he rounded Jonah Lomu to score a try for England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham.[citation needed]

He made his international debut for England against New Zealand in November 2002. An injury to his foot meant that he missed a tour to Argentina. He recovered for the Autumn internationals against Australia and New Zealand but was diagnosed with glandular fever and missed out on playing against South Africa. He was playing again within a few months and was able to be a part of Gloucester Rugby winning the Powergen Cup, in the final of which he started and scored two tries.[3]

He narrowly missed selection to the final 30 for the 2003 Rugby World Cup because of a back problem, although he had celebrated his first Six Nations Championship start some months earlier with a try in the match against Italy. Injury once again prevented him playing a part in the 2004 Autumn series in November and he missed further game time for the buildup to the 2005 Six Nations. Picked in the centre for England's final 2005 Autumn test against Samoa but a hip injury forced him off at half-time.

In 2006, he made the squad for England's tour of Australia and scored two tries in their win over the Barbarians on 28 May. However, he suffered a dead leg midweek during training, and as a result missed both tests, in which England lost.

He suffered a comminuted fracture of his collarbone in a pre-season match for Gloucester Rugby.

He was recalled to the England squad for the 2007 Summer Tour of South Africa, alongside club colleagues Andy Hazell, Nick Wood, Iain Balshaw, Anthony Allen and Alex Brown. After Gloucester's 2007–08 season, Simpson-Daniel was named Guinness Premiership Player of The Season beating Olly Barkley and teammate Akapusi Qera.

Simpson-Daniel was called into the England Saxons squad to face Italy A in Ragusa, Sicily on 9 February 2008.[4][5]

Simpson-Daniel was called into the England squad for the team to face Scotland on 8 March 2008.[6] Called into the 2011 Rugby World Cup training squad, on 1 August 2011 Simpson-Daniel was one of five players released by manager Martin Johnson.[7]

On 2 September 2014, Simpson-Daniel announced his retirement due to an ongoing ankle injury.[8]

Simpson-Daniel is now the marketing director of The Lions Kingdom, an Ostrich meat importer. His brother Charlie is the managing director.[9]

His older brother Chris was also a professional rugby player for Newcastle Falcons and Worcester, however his career was curtailed by injury.[10]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ James Simpson-Daniel player profile ESPN Scrum.com
  3. ^ "Gloucester given hope by cup win amid financial ruins". The Guardian. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ "England Saxons training squad for Italy A". RFU. 4 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Guest, Care and Jarvis join Skinner and Brown in England Saxons squad". Quins. 4 February 2008. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Simpson-Daniel Gets England Call". BBC. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Veteran Worsley let go by England". BBC News. 1 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Gloucester and England winger James Simpson Daniel force to retire through ankle injury". Gloucester Rugby. 2 September 2014.
  9. ^ https://www.thelionskingdom.co.uk/
  10. ^ "Interview: James Simpson-Daniel". theguardian.com. 26 May 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2014.