Steve James, the former Glamorgan and England cricketer, has been appointed as the rugby correspondent at the Sunday Telegraph.
The announcement was made to staff yesterday. James succeeds Paul Ackford, the former England lock forward, who is now writing columns for The Times.
The announcement said, “After a very successful few months covering rugby, Steve James has been confirmed as Sunday Telegraph rugby union correspondent. He will continue to write on rugby in the Daily and online and occasionally on cricket across all titles.”
James, 46, began writing on rugby for the Sunday Telegraph in 1999 while he was still playing cricket for Glamorgan, where in a 20-year professional career he captained the county for three seasons and won two international caps.
But he had also played rugby for Lydney, Gloucestershire and Cambridge University (he was twice on bench for University match). On retiring from cricket, James took up a contract with the Telegraph writing on both rugby and cricket. In 2008, he was appointed cricket columnist for the Sunday Telegraph to replace Mike Atherton, and he began covering for Ackford last year.
James has written seven books, including two for the Wales and Lions captain, Sam Warburton.
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