James Arlidge

James Arlidge


  • Number: 85
  • Position: First five-eighth
  • Born: 11/08/79
  • Height: 187
  • Weight: 87
  • Province: Auckland
  • Blues Debut: 2001 v Cats
  • Blues Caps: 13
  • Blues Points: 107
  • Breakdown: 1T, 12C, 26PG

James Arlidge made a big impression after joining the Blues as an injury replacement for Carlos Spencer in 2001, scoring 18 points against the Cats on debut.

Arlidge was a fine goal kicker who played just two seasons for the Blues from 2001-02 before shifting south to play for the Highlanders. After a single season in Dunedin, Arlidge began a four-year stint in Japan with Osaka based club NTT DoCoMo Kansai.

Prior to leaving New Zealand, Arlidge made his New Zealand Maori debut, against a Canada All Stars side, on their 2003 North America tour. Having qualified for Japan on residency grounds, Arlidge also played for the “Cherry Blossoms” in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.