Few players can emulate the feat of James Rodwell, whose 50th straight World Sevens Series tournament was fittingly on the biggest stage in Hong Kong in March 2014 when England reached the Cup final.
He expanded that sequence to 69, a competition record, in Singapore in April 2016 before missing the Paris and London tournaments through injury.
James became England Sevens’ most capped player when celebrating his 71st appearance at Cape Town in December that year in his side’s gold medal triumph.
Winning the Emirates Airlines London Sevens in front of a home crowd at Twickenham back in May 2009 remains a career highlight for James, who plays No 8 in 15-a-side.
His 50th try was in the 46-0 pool win over Portugal at Scotstoun Stadium in 2013 and he played in the World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June 2013 when England finished as runners-up to New Zealand.
James was ever-present in the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, scoring two tries and featuring in the England Sevens side that won the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series Cup final at Mitsubishi Motors Exeter Sevens.
He was an important figure for Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics, helping the squad to take the silver medal with his aerial skills and combative talents. He also scored two tries in the tournament.
James was also part of the Team England squad in the Commonwealth Games that won the bronze medal on the Gold Coast in April 2018.
A graduate in Business Commerce at Birmingham University, he began playing when seven at Tring RFC and at Berkhamsted Collegiate School from the age of ten with coach Graham Burchnall as his mentor.
It was onward and upward for James, whose England Sevens debut was against the United States in Dubai in 2008.
Along the way, John Caves, his university coach and Moseley team manager, was another guiding influence as James became the club’s U21 player of the year in 2004-05, the players’ player in 2006-07 and supporters’ player in 2008-09.
Representative honours came thick and fast with Hertfordshire Schools U18 Group, London & South East U18, captaining North Midlands U20, representing Midlands U20, English Universities and England Counties.
Last updated: 10 July 2017