James Cockburn

James Cockburn Age: 27 Franchise: Hurricanes Position: Tight Head Prop 

Our Firefighting Wellingtonian, James was born into a rugby loving household, and as such has played the game from day dot, having played for his hometown club, Tawa since he was 5. 

James has always had his eyes set on the big time and has had stints playing semi professional rugby, always seeming to be on the brink of the big time. He is a naturally big bloke, and in his career has sometimes been unfairly overlooked despite proving himself time and time again on the field. After a few selection hits took their toll on his confidence, James took a step back from rugby and put his focus into raising his young family, and his work as a Firefighter with NZ Fire & Emergency. 

Now, the fire has been reignited, and James sees this 2nd Chance as a way to prove what the big boys can really do, and show the Hurricanes that he’s built for the big time.