James Parsons rugby player
James Parsons rugby player

James Parsons

27th Nov 1986 1.85m/106kg Hooker

A natural leader, Parsons joined the Blues squad after being a member of the 2012 Wider Training Group.

The North Harbour captain is technically astute, mobile around the field and has excellent accuracy with his line-out throwing. He was selected for his All Blacks debut in 2014, in the November International against Scotland.

In 2015, he gave up his starting spot to the retiring Kevin Mealamu in his 50th appearance for the Blues. Parsons was selected as stand-in captain for the Blues match against the Highlanders in the opening game of the 2016 Super Rugby championship.

He came into 2016 All Black Rugby Championship squad as injury cover and earned his 2nd caps.

Ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season, Parsons is a key member of the Blues team and having made 77 Super Rugby appearances, scoring 7 tries.

The uncompromising and thoroughly professional hooker has only Jerome Kaino ahead of him in Blues caps.

In July Parsons signed a one-year extension with the Blues and looked to reach 100 Super Rugby caps having made 89 by the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season.

April 2019, having played 98 gamed for the Blues, he signed to continue with the squad until 2021.

Parsons entered the 2020 season with 105 caps under his name.


auckland-blues Blues
2012 - present
image North Harbour
Loosehead Prop
NZ Barbarians
2015 - present
Kings College 1st Team
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2014 - 2014
photo New Zealand
2014 - 2017