James Leigh Hamilton was named RBS Man of the Match for his role in Scotland's 12-8 victory over Ireland at Murayfield in February 2013. He scored his first try for Scotland in the 13-9 win against Argentina in Mar del Plata in the summer of 2010. The score was a decisive component in Scotland's historic 2-0 series victory - the first ever achieved in 50 years of cap Test touring.
He became Scotland’s 1000th capped player in November 2006 when he made a replacement debut in the 48-6 victory against Romania in the Bank of Scotland Corporate international at Murrayfield.
Ten days later he made his first appearance for Scotland A in the Perth match against Australia A, and that was followed within a week with his second replacement cap after he had been belatedly recalled to the national squad for the Murrayfield match against Australia.
Scotland's 1000th player
His first start for Scotland was in the Twickenham match against England on the opening day of the 2007 RBS Six Nations Championship, and he went on to play in four of Scotland’s five matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. His 2008 Six Nations Championship was limited to three games because of injury, but he was back in the team for the November matches against New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada as well as the 2009 Six Nations Championship games against Wales and France.
Though capped by England at under-19 level, he qualified for Scotland through his Glasgow-born father, who served for 24 years in the Queen’s Own Highlanders. Jim, who was educated at Coundon Court School, Coventry, started playing rugby at the age of 15 with Barker's Butts, the club that launched the careers of the Leicester and England pair, Neil Back and Danny Grewcock.
Jim joined Leicester Tigers’ Academy at the end of 1999, having been spotted by Andy Key and Dusty Hare while playing for Warwickshire against Leicestershire, and he was in the England squad in the under-19 World Cup in Chile in 2001. He played regularly for the Tigers’ youth team as well as being a member of Leicester's under-21 championship-winning side in 2002-2003.
His debut for Leicester’s Premiership team followed in September 2003, and he also played for Tigers’ championship-winning squad in the Zurich A League in 2005-2006. Jim moved north to join Edinburgh in summer 2008. He had a sojourn in New Zealand with the Marist Albion club in Christchurch in 2005, and he was in the Barbarians’ squad in the Murrayfield match against Scotland in May 2006.
Jim left Edinburgh Rugby in the summer of 2010 for Gloucester, where he enjoyed captaincy experience. He joined Montpellier for the start of the 2013-14 season and returns to the UK to join Saracens from the outset of 2014-15.