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Get to know your team – Butch James

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Sep 2013 at 11:47
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Andrew David James was born on the 8th January 1979 in Johannesburg but has been known as ‘Butch’ ever since his grandmother gave him the nickname when he was still an infant.

Butch James - Courtesy LaureusButch joined the Sharks union back in 2000 where he was capped 45 times in the Currie cup and 53 times in the Super Rugby competition where he played in 2 finals, unfortunately both ended in a loss, 2001 against the ACT Brumbies (36-6) and 2007’s controversial 20-19 loss to the Bulls (2007 final is an article and debate all on its own).

Butch made his debut on the international stage in the Springboks’ 32-23 loss to France at Ellis Park in 2001. He was cited and banned following the game for a late, dangerous hit on French wing David Bory. Moments such as this would come to characterise James’ early career, and he developed an unwanted reputation for tackling with the shoulder that was often picked up on by referees. Butch hung up his test boots in 2012 after more than 10 year of international participation with the Springboks and a 2007 World Cup winner’s medal to boast.

Following the 2007 World Cup, James took up a contract with English Premiership club Bath, where he made his debut in a 28-6 win over Auch in the European Challenge cup, earning himself “Man-of-the-Match”.

In 2001 Butch returned to South Africa to join the Lions on a 1-year contract. On completion of this butch re-joined the Sharks.

Throughout Butch’s career he has been plagued with unfortunate injury that he seems to always overcome although it has meant he has spent a lot of time on the side-lines. In 2001 he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2001 and would not return for six months and repeated the injury in 2004 leading to many critics stating he would no longer be able to compete at the highest level. Further knee problems saw James limp off the field during the 1st test against England in 2007. His time at Bath was also fraught with injuries.

FULL NAME Andrew David
HEIGHT 184 cm
BIRTH DATE 08 January 1979
BIRTH PLACE Johannesburg
PRIMARY SCHOOL Merchiston Primary
SECONDARY SCHOOL Maritzburg College


(info was gathered from , and Wikipedia)


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  • Comment 1, posted at 06.09.13 12:14:18 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 1) : yes. Kaiser Chiefs is a UK indy band.

    They are based in Leeds. Now, as boys, they were big fans of Leeds United, who Lucas Radebe played for. Lucas, of course, played for Kaiser Chiefs earlier in his career, so the band is named after the club.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.09.13 12:16:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 3, posted at 06.09.13 12:25:10 by Robby Hambly Reply

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  • @Robby Hambly (Comment 3) : exactly!

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.09.13 12:31:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I should probably not say this out loud, but I am a big LUFC supporter from my time in the UK…time they get themselves back into the premiership now! 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.09.13 12:34:36 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @AlienArmy (Comment 5) : they will be back next year! you heard it here first….. 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.09.13 12:39:06 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 6) : Well, been waiting since they dropped out in 2004. They are off to a pretty good start this year, apart from last weeks loss to QPR 😥 I was at Anfield in 2000 when Viduka scored all 4 goals to down Liverpool 4-3. Better stop talking about this else I might get banned from SW! haha 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.09.13 12:46:26 by AlienArmy Reply

  • Having played a lot of league golf with Elton, Butch’s brother, Butch is a lot smarter than most people think. Elton is also a fantastic guy and very good golfer who current plays golf for Natal. Great that Butch will retire playing for the Sharks!

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.09.13 13:01:19 by Coxy Reply

  • @Coxy (Comment 8) : Im hoping that once Butch retires he stays on in a consultancy based role. maybe kicking coach or something.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.09.13 13:06:52 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 9) : Tackling coach? 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.09.13 13:08:44 by AlienArmy Reply

  • Favorite Food is Lamb?! 😯

    And we still wonder why Lambie’s game has been off since Butch returned to SA….the poor boy is living is fear for his life 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.09.13 13:24:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I think KSA Shark is or was a LUFC fan too…

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.09.13 13:47:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Coxy (Comment 8) : “Butch is a lot smarter than most people think.”

    Strange comment. I’ve never met a single person commenting on Butch’s lack of ‘smarts’. Are you sure you aren’t confusing him with just about any of the Bulls’ players? 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.09.13 14:17:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : no – Butch is rumoured to be quite thick.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.09.13 14:17:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : First I’ve heard of it. Thought would never even have crossed my mind based on the interviews I’ve seen. Glad its been dispelled then.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.09.13 14:32:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Butch is one of my all time favorites. Typical college boy ,hard and uncompromising but looks like someone you could have the hardest party with too.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.09.13 19:10:16 by Talent Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Having met and spoken to him I can attest to that… This was a good few years ago, I am not sure the knocks and concussions have helped much.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.09.13 22:42:18 by lostfish Reply
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  • I am also A Proud LUFC fan since I was a Small Boy. If u are A true Leeds fan u should watch a Movie called “the Dammed United” great movie.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.09.13 16:57:27 by garethkorb Reply


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