JAMES SLIPPER has rapidly developed in to the elite prop forward in Australian Rugby, starting in the last 26 Test matches for the Qantas Wallabies including all 14 matches in the 2014 season at tight head prop. In the first Test match of 2014 against France, Slipper became the fifth prop in Australian Rugby history to reach 50 Tests.
After James Horwill stated his intentions to leave Queensland at the end of the year, Slipper was named Captain of the Reds for the 2015 Super Rugby season. One of the Reds’ best since making his debut in 2010, Slipper has won the Pilecki Medal for Player’s Player of the year in 2013 and 2014, along with the People’s Choice, Spirit of the Reds Award and the Rugby Union Players’ Association Medal for Excellence in 2014.
In April, the 26-year-old agreed to a new three-year deal with the Queensland Reds and Australian Rugby through to the end of 2018.