James comes in as a lock with the ability to play 6. He is a good lineout exponent and his work in contact is strong. - The Chiefs
2016 was a year of learning for James Tucker after the Chiefs Development graduate made his debut in Super Rugby. He will be looking to build on that in 2017.
Part of the 2015 Waikato Ranfurly Shield winning side, the former New Zealand Under 20’s representative offers flexibility with the ability to play both lock and six. He was also part of the Waikato Ranfurly Shield winning team and won the Waikato Supporters Club Forward of the Year in 2015.
Tucker is familiar to the Gallagher Chiefs environment having trained with the side and been part of the Chiefs Development programme last season.
Full birth date and place of birth
5.8.94 in Christchurch
What representative teams have you been a part of (including high-school 1st fifteen)?
What primary school(s) did you go to?
Paparoa St Christchurch, St Ives in Sydney
What high school(s) did you go to?
St Pius X College in Chatswood, Sydney and St Bedes College in Christchurch
Favourite subject at school?
How many siblings do you have?
Any trades or university qualifications?
Who was your favourite player growing up?
Who is your favourite non-rugby sportsperson or sports team?
Favourite band or musician?
What do you eat for breakfast on game day?
Fantasy dinner party: Who would be your top three dinner guests (dead or alive)?
Tim Cossens, Will Ferrell, The Rock
What do you do for fun away from rugby?
Movies, play other sports and hang out with friends
Best holiday destination?
Wanaka, The Sounds
What would you eat for your last ever meal?
Roast or chicken nuggets
An interesting fact about you?
What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
What does representing the Gallagher Chiefs mean to you?
It means the world to me. After moving up here, I’ve been aiming for this. I want to return the faith the Chiefs have shown in me by playing well this year.