- 31 Age
- 117kg Weight
- 186cm Height
Born, raised and schooled on Queensland’s Gold Coast, James Slipper has developed into one of the elite prop forwards in Australian Rugby. He captained The Southport School to the 2007 GPS title although he was far from the only star in a team that included fellow future Wallabies Ben Tapuai, Rob Simmons, Luke Morahan and Jono Lance. Slipper subsequently won selection for Australian Schools and in 2009 he was voted Australia’s player of the U21 World Championship. As a consequence Slipper was fast tracked into the wider Queensland Reds squad by coach Ewen McKenzie for the 2010 season and debuted in the narrow opening round loss to New South Wales.
A mere four months later he endured a baptism of fire - the Australian scrum had already conceded one penalty try - when he played his maiden Test against England in Perth. Over the next six years Slipper established himself as a permanent fixture in the Wallaby squad. Along the way he won the Reds’ Pilecki Medal for Player’s Player of the year in both 2013 and 2014. In 2015 Slipper was honoured with the captaincy when he led the Wallabies against the U.S.A in Chicago. A combination of injury and personal issues disrupted his 2017 and 2018 seasons however a move south to the Brumbies in 2019 has revitalised Slipper’s career to the point that he stands on the cusp of winning selection to his third Rugby World Cup.
Represented Australian Schools against England U18s, Samoan Schools and New Zealand Schools.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad for the second-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in Japan. Voted the Australian U20 Player of the Year following his performances at the tournament.
Slipper progressed from QAS Academy squad member and Super Rugby debutant to play all but one of the Wallabies’ Tests. He won his first Test cap in difficult circumstances, off the bench when Australia’s scrum was hammered, in the 1st Test, 27-17 win over England in Perth. Slipper was then capped in the remaining 13 internationals and earned a first starting cap at loose head prop in the 32-14 victory against Italy in Firenze.
Slipper recovered from an ankle injury suffered during the Super Rugby season to play in the final eight Tests of the year and win selection to his first Rugby World Cup where he was capped in all six Australian matches.
Slipper played in 12 of the Wallabies’ 15 Tests and nine of those caps were won off the bench.
Slipper was capped in all 15 Wallaby internationals, the last 12 of which all came as the starting loose head prop.
In the opening Test of the season against France in Brisbane, Slipper became the fifth Australian prop to win 50 caps. He went on to play all 14 internationals wearing the No.1 jersey.
Slipper featured in 11 of the 12 Wallaby Tests and became the 83rd Wallaby captain when he led the side to a 47-10 victory over the U.S.A. in Chicago. He was selected to his second Rugby World Cup and only missed the pool game against Uruguay. In the semi-final win over Argentina, Slipper became Australia’s most-capped Test prop of all-time when he won a 73rd cap to surpass both Ben Alexander and Benn Robinson.
Slipper earned a further 12 Test caps, nine of which came as a replacement.
Slipper’s season was cruelly cut short when he ruptured his Achilles for Queensland against the Lions in Johannesburg. As a consequence he missed the entire 2017 international season.