- Number: 196
- Position: Hooker
- Born: 27/11/86
- Height: 185
- Weight: 106
- Province: North Harbour
- Provincial Debut: 2007 v Wellington
- Blues Debut: 2012 v Highlanders
- Blues Caps: 95 (SR 93)
- Test Caps: 2
- Test Debut: 2014 v Scotland
James Parsons continues to be a talisman in the Blues, wringing every ounce out of himself with an outstandingly professional approach.
The North Harbour centurion was Educated at Kings College in Auckland. James was selected for North Harbour in 2007 and has now played more than 100 games for the province. He was selected for the Blues Wider Training Group in 2012 and debuted for the Blues that year against the Highlanders. By 2013, Parsons had become a first team regular. James earned his first All Blacks cap against Scotland on the All Blacks end of year tour in 2014.
He took over the captaincy from an injured Jerome Kaino early in 2016 Super Rugby season and retained the role off the back of some assured performances. The captaincy suited James, with the hooker earning the Blues season award for Most Valuable Player as well as another All Blacks call up.
James is an uncompromising player, an excellent line-out thrower, fit and a strong leader. He is the most-capped Blues player in the current squad, and with a healthy run of form, he should join the Blues Centenary club in 2019.