James Horwill
Birth nameJames Horwill
Date of birth (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 39)
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight117 kg (18 st 6 lb)
SchoolBrisbane Boys College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ballymore Tornadoes
Brisbane City
Correct as of 6 May 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2015 Queensland Reds 116 (45)
Correct as of 14 June 2015
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2016 Australia 62 (30)
Correct as of 11 June 2016

James Horwill (born 29 May 1985) is an Australian former rugby union player, who has played for the Australian national side, with 61 caps to his name.[1] He captained the Wallabies a number of times, including during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Horwill played ten seasons in Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds, followed by four seasons with English club Harlequins. His position was second row.

Personal life

Horwill was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and educated at Brisbane Boys College.

As of February 2016, he was living in south west London, with his wife.[2] James has a multimillion-dollar Brisbane property portfolio.

Club career

Queensland Reds

Horwill made his Super 14 debut against arch rivals the New South Wales Waratahs in the first game of the 2006 season, after not even being included in the Reds original squad.

Horwill captained the Queensland Reds to a season victory in the 2011 in the Super Rugby competition, his sixth season played at that level

Overall, Horwill played more than 129 times for the Queensland Reds,[3] including 116 Super Rugby caps for the Reds.[4] When his departure was announced the Queensland Rugby CEO Jim Carmichael described him as "one of the great modern-day sporting treasures of Queensland."[5]


On 17 December 2014, it was announced that Horwill had signed a three-year contract with English Premiership side Harlequins.[6][7][8] He made his competitive debut in Quins' season opener against Wasps FC on 16 October 2015 and immediately established himself as a first choice in the team. He scored his debut points with a try in the match against Saracens F.C. on 9 January 2016.[9] He also captained the side in the absence of Quins' England players.[10]

Horwill played his last season for Harlequins in 2018-19 before retiring from professional rugby. He then played for Cambridge University R.U.F.C. in the 2019 Varsity match.[11]

International career

Horwill in 2011

Horwill proved to be the find of the 2006 season, forcing his way into the starting line up and earning a place in the Wallabies spring tour, playing for Australia A in all three of the matches.

In 2007, Horwill made his debut for the Wallabies in a test match against Fiji playing the entire game, and was unlucky to not have been included in the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. [citation needed] 2008 was a successful year for Horwill, as he broke into the starting Wallabies team and played 9 games in 2008, starting against New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup.

In August 2011, Robbie Deans named James Horwill as captain for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. He debuted as captain in the deciding match of the 2011 Tri Nations series on 27 August 2011 and led the Wallabies to a series victory.

Horwill was captain of the Wallabies for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013. Controversially, after an appeal by the IRB, Horwill was cleared of allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones face during the first test.[12]

He played his final game for the Wallabies in The Rugby Championship game against the All Blacks in Auckland on 15 August 2015.[1] The following week, Australian coach Michael Cheika decided to leave Horwill out of his 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a move which surprised some observers.[13]


  1. ^ a b "ESPN Rugby - Player Profiles - James Horwill". ESPN. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ "PLACES U GO: Coffee with James Horwill". Quins.co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Harlequins sign former Australia captain James Horwill". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Reds Player Profiles - James Horwill". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ "James Horwill to depart Australian rugby after 2015 World Cup, signing with English club Harlequins". ABC News.
  7. ^ "Nocookies". The Australian.
  8. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 3 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Harlequins Current Players - James Horwell". Quins.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  10. ^ "HARLEQUINS TEAM TO PLAY LEICESTER TIGERS". Quins.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Ex-Australia captain set to play for Cambridge in Varsity match". Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Lions 2013: how James Horwill escaped suspension for stamp on Alyn Wyn Jones despite IRB appeal". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Rugby World Cup: Australia omit James Horwill from squad". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
Preceded byRocky Elsom Australian national rugby union captain 2011 - 2013 Succeeded byWill Genia