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James joined Yorkshire Carnegie in 2016 from Bishop Burton College and made an impressive start to his Headingley Carnegie career, making eight appearances in his debut season and registering one try against Ealing.
Prior to this James was a member of the Leicester Tigers Academy from 2012 after three years in the Tigers scholarship programme having been spotted as part of the Tigers' Elite Player Development Group (EPDG) programme.
Originally from Matlock, the tighthead prop is a former England Under 16s international in 2010. He attended Highfields School in Derbyshire and has also played for Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire.
After leaving the Tigers he moved to Bishop Burton College in Beverley, East Yorkshire to study agriculture. He continued his rugby development at the college and captained the side to trophy glory at the BUCS Big Wednesday in Sheffield in 2016.
The event saw 104 student teams descend on the Steel City to compete for 50 gold medals across 14 sports with Sheffield Hallam University playing host.
Bishop Burton took a lengthy lead in the first half, before Hartpury College scrambled back to be within one point of the win. But a last-ditch try saw the Beverley-based side crowned champions. He followed that success up with a call up to the successful England Students side in the summer.
During the summer of 2016 a new partnership between Yorkshire Carnegie and Bishop Burton College was formed. The East Yorkshire College have formed the partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie as the professional club in Yorkshire to hold the licence for the RFU regional academy. The partnership supports the academy’s aim to develop Premiership rugby union talent in Yorkshire and, as such, will be a significant arm of the academy pathway that will allow Yorkshire-based players a range of appropriate access points to rugby development opportunities to help them reach their potential.
The programme will see the best talent from the region being able to combine education with a full-time rugby union training programme and see the College enter the new RFU National League against other club education academies in England.
The College’s Director of Rugby Mike Umaga recommended Thraves to Yorkshire Carnegie during the summer to train with the professional club in pre-season and he managed to earn himself a full time contract for the season. He suffered a broken thumb which prevented him from immediately making his debut but finally made his first appearance in the derby clash with Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.