Stormers v Crusaders, Cape Town, 2006
Hong Kong v Korea, Hong Kong, 2006
James attended Trinity Grammar School where he played in the 1st XV. It was at Trinity that he was encouraged to become a referee and regularly officiated junior fixtures on a Saturday morning.
After leaving school, James played on the wing for Sydney University Colts before injury forced him to stop playing and refereeing was the ideal way to pursue his passion for Rugby.
He has gone on to referee over 100 Sydney 1st Grade games, numerous Super Rugby games, IRB Sevens tournaments, four Junior Rugby World Cups and four Test matches. James has also been assistant referee for around 30 Test matches including 19 involving the All Blacks.
Away from Rugby, James is married with two children. He is also a school mathematics teacher/administrator and owner of a Learn to Swim School.