SURNAME Simpson-Daniel
HEIGHT 182 cm
BIRTH DATE 30 May 1982
BIRTH PLACE Stockton-on-Tees
CLUB Gloucester Rugby
POSITION Centre/Wing
* Debut: 2002 v NZ
* 1st test v France (first Six nations call up)
* Returns after missing S Africa game in Nov 2002 with glandular fever.
* Outstanding in England v Barbarians game in May 2002 and into England team for 2002 autumn tests. Marked Lomu on test debut.
* Product of Sedbergh School and Gloucester Academy, 3rd season in 1st XV squad with current Premiership leaders. England sevens winner at 2002 Hong Kong event.
James Simpson-Daniel won his ninth cap against Italy last year, having celebrated his initial RBS 6 Nations Championship start with a try against the same opponents four seasons ago. Sedbergh-educated, he was restricted to two caps in the calendar year of 2004, including one against New Zealand that June but scored a try in England’s Churchill Cup games against Canada and Argentina a year later. Fast and elusive, he joined Gloucester six years ago and shared in England’s Sevens success in Hong Kong before enjoying an outstanding ‘non-cap’ match in direct opposition to Jonah Lomu, of the Barbarians. Scored two tries in Gloucester’s Powergen Cup success over Northampton Saints in April 2003 and another for the England XV in the 42-17 victory over the New Zealand Barbarians eight months later. He was unavailable for the 2003 World Cup because of a back injury and had been laid low the previous year with glandular fever that was diagnosed immediately after he had won his second Test cap against Australia. He returned home early from last summer’s tour of Australia through a thigh injury and then underwent a shoulder operation last August.
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At 23, James is the second eldest of four highly competitive siblings. Four years his junior, brother Mark is a scrum half, who played for England U19 in 2003-04. Chris, who is three years older, has been among the major influences in James’ life and even today, James wears a sock that Chris gave him every time he plays – even if he forgets to wash it. Sedbergh sports master Neil Rollins made another powerful impression on the fledgling wing at school. James calls him ‘a brilliant coach’. Players he admires include Jonny Wilkinson, Jason Robinson, Carlos Spencer and Thomas Castaignède. Away from the game, he relaxes by playing snooker and is becoming an impressive player. He also part owns a racehorse called Laitrim Rock and is a keen spectator at Cheltenham Races.
England Vodacom Incoming Tours - 2007
England Vodacom Outgoing Tours - 2004
England Six Nations - 2003
England Springboks Outgoing Tour - 2002

RWC Warm-up Test
Saturday, July 11 2015
17:00 - South Africa vs World XV
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, July 18 2015
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, July 25 2015
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, August 08 2015
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Saturday, August 15 2015
00:00 - Argentina vs South Africa
To be confirmed
RWC Warm-up Test
21:05 - Argentina vs South Africa
Buenos Aires
Rugby World Cup
Saturday, September 19 2015
17:45 - South Africa vs Japan
Brighton Community Centre, Brighton
Saturday, September 26 2015
17:45 - South Africa vs Samoa
Villa Park, Birmingham
Saturday, October 03 2015
17:45 - South Africa vs Scotland
St James' Park, Newcastle
Wednesday, October 07 2015
17:45 - South Africa vs USA
Olympic Stadium, London

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