Like father like son. James Dun has captaincy credentials just as his father Andy, a flanker, did. He led Wasps in 1984/85 and Bristol from 1988/90 as well as playing for England U19 and U23 before winning a full cap against Wales in 1984. James can wear the No 6 shirt, the same one as his father, but also plays at lock. Bath born, he lives in Castle Cary, Somerset, has been a member of the Bristol Rugby Academy since 2012, led Bristol Grammar School’s age group teams from U7 to U13 and is in his second season as captain of the Bristol Rugby Academy U18 side.
He began playing at club level for Old Bristolians when seven and is now studying for A-levels in geography, politics and PE at Millfield. The first of his four appearances so far for England U18 was in the 31-17 win over Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers last March. His father, who coached him at Old Bristolians, initially gave him an understanding of the game and James says that his recent development owes much to Mark Irish, the forwards coach at the Bristol Academy and also to Sean Marsden there.
James regards his mother Sue as his chief supporter and said: “I always hoped to play rugby on a full-times basis but the thought became more realistic when I progressed to the Millfield first team at the age of 15. My proudest school moment was when we won the inaugural Schools Champions Cup in 2014.” His first cap and being asked to captain the Bristol U18 are also high on his list.
A broken leg and other injuries have not held him back and he enjoys playing cricket, golf and as a Bristol City supporter, football as well. His two sisters also have sporting ability – Sophie rowed for London University and Laura played hockey for Avon County. His best rugby-playing friends are Tom Wood (Independent Lambs), Carl Morgan (Samurai 7s), Manuel Marques (Portugal U20) and Tom Rowland (Bristol Rugby).
As for holidays, the West Coast of the USA is his preferred location. Food-wise, it’s Spag Bol for him and musically, he listens to everything but Red Hot Chilli Peppers are his current favourite. His top non-rugby moment was being asked to be Godfather to his second cousin.
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Last updated: 4 May 2017