James Grayson enjoyed a fine 2017, making his U20 debut against Wales, playing in the 2017 World Championship final against New Zealand while also making his Premiership debut at the start of the 2017/18 season.
However, a frank admission comes from Grayson, who plays at fly half in the same position as his father Paul, the winner of 32 caps and scorer of 400 points for England from 1995/2004. He was also a member of the triumphant 2003 RWC squad. Northampton-born James confessed: “My schoolmaster made me play at scrum half and full back and I hated it. But it has definitely made me a better player.”
He was educated at Northampton School for Boys and at Moulton College, where he was rugby captain, and is a new member of Northampton Saints Academy for 2016/17. He played for the Saints in the Singha Premiership Sevens in August 2015. James has also been on loan to Old Northamptonians where his grandfather first took him at the age of four.
“I love the feeling of being part of a team and helping mates to achieve what they want,” he said.
“Winning with your friends is one of the best feelings. I want to work my way up the ranks and become the best player in the world.”
He represented the North U16, England Saxons U16 and England U17 before becoming a member of the U18 squad in 2016 and contributing 21 points with a try, five conversions and two penalties in the 41-9 triumph over Wales at Swansea in April 2016.
He has won numerous county age group cups and East Midlands’ trophies with Northampton School for Boys and Old Northamptonians and his most memorable game was the 2015 Academy League final against Saracens, who won a thrilling match 23-19. His other talents include playing cricket for Northamptonshire and he also enjoys golf.
Guess who his favourite players are? The answer is two fly halves, Dan Carter and his own dad Paul Grayson MBE. Both fine choices.
5 points – 1C, 1PG
2017 W(R) World Championship – NZ (R)
56 points – 2T, 14C, 5PG, 1DG
2016 F, S, W, I, S(R), W SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’(R), SA(R)
Last updated: 17 January 2018