James Hudson (rugby union)

James Hudson (born 28 October 1981 in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England) is a former rugby union player

James Hudson
Birth nameJames Hudson
Date of birth (1981-10-28) 28 October 1981 (age 38)
Place of birthSutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) [1]
SchoolSolihull School
UniversityUniversity of Bath
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Irish
Newcastle Falcons
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 England Saxons

He was educated at Solihull School, where he gained 1st XV stripes as a lock.

Hudson started his career at Bath Rugby, his form led to a selection for the 2006 Churchill Cup.[2] However, citing a lack of first team rugby, Hudson elected to join London Irish at the end of the 2005–06 season.[3]

During his time at the club, Hudson rotated his role in the second row alongside Bob Casey and Nick Kennedy, however towards the beginning of 2009 he began to take a step up in the pecking order. This led to him starting in the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership semi final, scoring a scored a try against Harlequins at The Stoop as London Irish won 17–0 to book their place in the final.[4] Hudson started the subsequent final, as London Irish lost 10–9 to Leicester Tigers.[5]

The following season Hudson joined the Newcastle Falcons for the 2009–10 season.,[6] establishing himself as a regular starter. As a result of this Hudson was nominated as club captain for the 2010-2011 season, something he has continued until this day.

Despite signing a new two-year deal in 2011 it is expected[by whom?] that Hudson will leave Newcastle Falcons upon their impending relegation from the Premiership.[citation needed]

On 19 March 2013, it was announced Hudson would leave Newcastle Falcons to join Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership on a three-year deal.[7]

On 26 October 2016, Hudson was forced to retire from professional rugby after failing to overcome a serious knee injury.[8]


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Newcastle Falcons". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. ^ "England Saxons 27–30 Ireland A". BBC. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Exiles swoop for Bath lock Hudson". BBC. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Harlequins 0–17 London Irish". BBC. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Leicester 10–9 London Irish". BBC. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Exiles' Hudson to join Newcastle". BBC. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Newcastle lock James Hudson sign Gloucester contract". BBC Sport. 19 March 2013.
  8. ^ "James Hudson forced to retire from professional rugby". Gloucester Rugby. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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