27-year-old James Parsons has made the most of his opportunities since breaking into the Super Rugby ranks with the Blues wider training group in 2012. He cemented his position in 2013 as back-up to Keven Mealamu, getting regular starts in the number two jersey, and captained the Blues against the touring French team that year. A proud North Harbour and Takapuna club man, he made his provincial debut in 2007 and has played more than 70 times for the province, including the training match against the All Blacks earlier this year. A relatively late bloomer at the top level of rugby, Parsons spent his time away from the rugby field studying extramurally and has a degree in marketing and finance.
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