Butch James
Full names: Andrew David
Date of birth: 7 Aug 1979
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Maritzburg College
Springbok no: 715
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.86m, 100kg
Current age: 35

Test summary: Tests: 42 Tries: 3
First Test: 16 Jun 2001 Age:21 Flyhalf against France at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 11 Sep 2011 Age:32 Reserve against Wales at WestPac Stadium, Wellington
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
16 Jun 200121FlyhalfFranceLose: 23-32 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
23 Jun 200121FlyhalfFranceWin: 20-155 penaltiesKingspark, DurbanSharks
21 Jul 200121FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
28 Jul 200121FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 20-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
18 Aug 200122FlyhalfAustraliaDraw: 14-14 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
25 Aug 200122FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 15-26 Eden Park, AucklandSharks
09 Nov 200223ReserveFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesSharks
16 Nov 200223FlyhalfScotlandLose: 6-212 penaltiesMurrayfield, EdinburghSharks
23 Nov 200223Inside CentreEnglandLose: 3-53 Twickenham, LondonSharks
22 Jul 200626FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 17-35 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
05 Aug 200626FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 18-201 conversion, 2 penaltiesStadium Australia (Telstra), SydneySharks
26 Aug 200627FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 26-451 penaltyLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
02 Sep 200627ReserveNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgSharks
18 Nov 200627FlyhalfEnglandLose: 21-231 try, 1 conversion, 2 penaltiesTwickenham, LondonSharks
26 May 200727FlyhalfEnglandWin: 58-10 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
02 Jun 200727FlyhalfEnglandWin: 55-221 conversionLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
16 Jun 200727FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 22-19 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
23 Jun 200727FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 21-261 tryKingspark, DurbanSharks
15 Aug 200728FlyhalfNamibiaWin: 105-13 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
25 Aug 200728FlyhalfScotlandWin: 27-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
09 Sep 200728FlyhalfSamoaWin: 59-7 Parc des Princes, ParisSharks
14 Sep 200728FlyhalfEnglandWin: 36-0 Stade de France, ParisSharks
30 Sep 200728FlyhalfUSAWin: 64-152 conversionsStade de la Mosson, MontpellierSharks
07 Oct 200728FlyhalfFijiWin: 37-201 tryStade Velodrome, MarseillesSharks
14 Oct 200728FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 37-13 Stade de France, ParisSharks
20 Oct 200728FlyhalfEnglandWin: 15-6 Stade de France, ParisSharks
07 Jun 200828FlyhalfWalesWin: 43-174 conversions, 5 penaltiesFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinBath
14 Jun 200828FlyhalfWalesWin: 37-214 conversions, 3 penaltiesLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
05 Jul 200828FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 8-191 penaltyWestPac Stadium, WellingtonBath
12 Jul 200828FlyhalfNew ZealandWin: 30-282 penalties, 1 dropgoalCarisbrook, DunedinBath
19 Jul 200828FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 9-161 penaltySubiaco Oval, PerthBath
09 Aug 200829FlyhalfArgentinaWin: 63-99 conversionsEllispark, JohannesburgBath
16 Aug 200829FlyhalfNew ZealandLose: 0-19 Newlands, Cape TownBath
23 Aug 200829FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 15-271 penaltyKingspark, DurbanBath
30 Aug 200829FlyhalfAustraliaWin: 53-83 conversions, 1 penaltyEllispark, JohannesburgBath
19 Jun 201030Inside CentreItalyWin: 29-13 Puma Stadium, WitbankBath
26 Jun 201030ReserveItalyWin: 55-11 Basil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonBath
10 Jul 201030ReserveNew ZealandLose: 12-32 Eden Park, AucklandBath
24 Jul 201030ReserveAustraliaLose: 13-30 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBath
28 Aug 201031ReserveAustraliaWin: 44-311 conversionLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBath
13 Aug 201132FlyhalfAustraliaLose: 9-142 penaltiesKingspark, DurbanLions
11 Sep 201132ReserveWalesWin: 17-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonLions

Top 50 Boks: 24 – Butch James by SARugby.com

Butch made his bow on the international stage in South Africa’s 32-23 defeat to France in Johannesburg on June 16, 2001. He starred for the Springboks the following week on his home ground in Durban where he slotted five penalties to steer the Boks to a 20-15 win over Les Bleus.

However, he was suspended after the game for a late, dangerous hit on French wing David Bory. Such incidences would characterise James’ early career and earned him an unwanted reputation as an ill disciplined defender that was often exploited by referees.

He won six caps in total in 2001 before he tore his anterior cruciate ligament which sidelined him for six months. He recovered and played in three Tests on the Springboks' end-of-year tour of Europe in 2002 but suffered the same injury in his right knee in the final game of the 2004 Super 12 season.

The injury saw James miss the triumphant Tri-Nations campaign that year and he would only return to the national side in 2006. Upon his return, James seemed to establish himself as the first choice flyhalf but further knee problems once again halted his momentum.

In 2007, the fit again James enjoyed an injury free Super 14 campaign which saw him guide the Sharks to a home final and in doing so earned himself the Springbok No 10 jersey for the World Cup in France later that year.

Butch finally got the opportunity to play to his full potential on the biggest stage of all and he flourished like never before with a near faultless campaign. A composed James steered the Springboks to the top of Pool A with victories over Samoa, England – a record 36-0 thrashing – and USA.

He scored a try in the quarter-final match against Fiji and won his head-to-head battle with the competition’s other form flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez in the Boks’ 37-13 win over Argentina in the semi-finals.

James went on to play a pivotal role in the final against England and did a splendid job of nullifying the influence of his opposite number Jonny Wilkinson. South Africa’s 15-6 win was as much a personal victory of passion and perseverance for James as it was a reward for four years of detailed planning and execution of the entire Springbok camp.

Butch played in a further nine Tests the following year and made his exit from the international scene in the record 53-8 drubbing of Australia in the Tri-Nations clash in Johannesburg on August 30. He is the most capped flyhalf in Springbok history having made 32 appearances at No 10.

Records/Honours:

  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007
  • Most capped flyhalf in Springbok history (32)