International Pathway

  • North U16's2014
  • England Saxons U16s2014
  • Moulton AASE2014
  • Northampton U182014
  • England U172015
  • England U182016
  • Northampton A2016
  • Leicester Lions2016
  • England U202017
  • England U192017
  • Northampton Saints2017


James Grayson enjoyed a fine 2017, making his U20 debut against Wales, playing in the 2017 World Championship final against New Zealand and making his Premiership debut at Northampton Saints.

The fly half plays in the same same position as his father Paul, the winner of 32 caps and scorer of 400 points for England who lifted the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

James was educated at Northampton School for Boys and at Moulton College, where he was rugby captain, and began at the Northampton Saints Academy for 2016/17.

“My schoolmaster made me play at scrum half and full back and I hated it. But it has definitely made me a better player,” James confessed.

James won numerous county age group cups and East Midlands’ trophies with Northampton School for Boys and Old Northamptonians where his grandfather first took him at the age of four.

In February 2015, James scored three penalties as Northampton Saints were beaten 23-19 by Saracens in the RFU Academy League final by Saracens.

He played for the Saints in the Premiership Sevens later that year and, having previously represented the North U16, England Saxons U16 and England U17, before a member of the U18 squad in 2016.

Twelve months on from his England U20 debut, James kicked seven points in their 27-17 Six Nations victory against England in 2018 with a further 12 coming against Wales in round two.

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.

U20 International Record

26 points – 7C, 4PG

2017 W(R) World Championship – NZ (R) 2018 It, W, S(R), F, I, SA

U18 International Record

56 points – 2T, 14C, 5PG, 1DG

2016 F, S, W, I, S(R), W SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’(R), SA(R)

Last updated: 23 May 2018