Scotland’s James Malcolm Signs With Jackals
James began playing rugby at 9 years old at Hutcheson’s Grammar School in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. While playing in school, he joined Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians (GHA) RFC. James was the captain of his age group throughout his time with GHA.
While playing with Glasgow, James was also representing Scotland on the U17, U18, and U20 level. In 2013, James joined the Ayr Rugby Football Club in the Scottish Premiership which helped him progress his playing career tremendously. This led to James securing a spot an Elite Development Program spot with the Glasgow Warriors, a professional rugby program in Scotland. Being part of this program allowed him to continue playing for Ayr RFC simultaneously.
He attended and graduated from University of Strathclyde with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Strathclyde, James was part of the Elite Athlete program, which enables athletes to balance training and competition with their schooling.
After graduating from the Scottish Rugby Academy, he signed a professional contract with Glasgow Warriors, where he accumulated 25 appearances. During his time with the Warriors, James was selected to represent Scotland for the 2017 Six Nations Championship. James continued his career to the RFC Championship playing for Doncaster and most recently London Scottish.
James comes from a family of athletes. His dad captained the Glasgow district team (now known as the Glasgow Warriors), his brother represented Scotland at many age group levels and played alongside James at GHA, and his sister is the current captain of the Women’s Scotland team. Outside of rugby, his other sister played hockey and his mom played netball. Needless to say, sports have always been a big part of his life. James says he enjoys outdoors sports, specifically golf and hiking, and has grown up with many dogs, predominantly black labradors.
James says, “I’m excited to help build a strong team to really challenge the rest of the league. The team Coach Allen and Coach Elaine have assembled is very skilled and I can’t wait to work with them all.” James looks forward to the move to Dallas as not many people get the chance for a big move like this. Welcome to the pack James!
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2021. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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