Andrew David ‘Butch’ James was an influential member of the South Africa Springboks 2007 Rugby World Cup winning side and it was on this day in rugby history in 1979 that the fly-half was born.
James played in three pool matches and all the knock-out matches. He was at his best in the final against England when limited Jonny Wilkinson to 2 penalty opportunities.
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The fly-half opened his career with Natal Sharks in his native South Africa and moved to Bath in the Aviva Premiership for the 2007 season.
James made his Springboks debut in 2001 against France.
The nickname ‘Butch’ was given to James by his grandmother when he was an infant
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1979 – Butch James, South Africa rugby union player