Born, raised and schooled on Queensland’s Gold Coast, James Slipper was widely regarded as one of the elite prop forwards in Australian Rugby from early on in his career. Slipper was impressed early on with his ability to play on both sides of the scrum with extreme excellence.
He captained The Southport School to the 2007 GPS title although he was far from the only star in a team that included fellow future Wallabies Ben Tapuai, Rob Simmons, Luke Morahan and Jono Lance. Slipper subsequently won selection for the Australian Schools and in 2009 he was voted Australia’s player of the U21 World Championship.
His early promise saw him being fast-tracked into the wider Queensland Reds squad by coach Ewen McKenzie for the 2010 Super Rugby season and he made his debut in round one, a mere four months later he endured a baptism of fire in his maiden Test against England in Perth at the age of 21. Over the next six years Slipper established himself as a permanent fixture in the Wallaby squad. Along the way he won the Reds’ Pilecki Medal for Player’s Player of the year in both 2013 and 2014.
In 2015, Slipper was honoured with the captaincy when he led the Wallabies against the U.S.A in Chicago in 2015 and led the side to a 47–10 victory. Slipper was selected as part of the Wallabies' 31 man squad for the RWC and helped the side to a second place finish losing to the All Blacks in the final.
A combination of injury and personal issues disrupted his 2017 and 2018 seasons however a move south to the Brumbies in 2019 revitalised Slipper’s career.
He ruptured his achilles tendon in late 2019 but made his return in October for Queensland Country against the Fijian Drua and was named in Michael Cheika's Wallaby squad days later to face the Barbarians.
The experienced prop forward made the move to the Brumbies from Queensland ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby season and earned a spot in Cheika's World Cup Squad with 90 caps to his name.
He would take his test cap tally to 96 at the World Cup in Japan before the Wallabies were knocked out by England.
In March 2020, Slipper signed a two-year contract extension with the Brumbies and Rugby Australia committing his future until at least the end of 2022.
As of 12 March 2020, he has 127 Super Rugby caps for the Brumbies and Reds and 96 test caps for the Wallabies.
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