James (Jamie) Martin Richard Farndale

21 February 1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James Martin Richard Farndale, son of Richard Martin and Charlotte Farndale, MSN Coutts (FAR01122), born Winchester 21 February 1994.

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Early life and education

The Edinburgh Academy, 1998 – 2011

Head Boy, 1st XV Rugby, Captain of Athletics, Scotland Pentathlon team vs. England Ireland and Wales 2009, Head of CCF, Senior Bagpipe Band member, Drama - Henry V in Henry V, Chamber Choir member (BBC School Choir of the year 2011), Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, Regular Public Speaking, Completed Nijmegen Marches 2010 & 2011

Farndale left school in 2011, where he lifted the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools' Cup for Edinburgh Academy at under-15 level in 2008 and the following year, for the Academy's under-18 side. He was part of the U18 runners up side in 2010.

Rugby Career

From leaving school, Farndale signed as an EDP with Edinburgh Rugby, and became a mainstay of the international under-20 side from an early age, featuring in no fewer than three IRB Junior World Championships (2012, 2013 and 2014). He finished his final tournament as joint, all-time top try-scorer (10). He also captained the youth commonwealth games sevens team in 2011 who finished 4th.

In the 2011–12 season he capped an impressive season by finishing as top try scorer in the 2012 JWC in South Africa.

Sadly a leg break in October marred his attempts to add to his first senior competitive appearance in the last match of the 2011–12 season against Cardiff, however he returned in time for the 2013 World Championships in France, before going on to join the all-time leader board in 2014.

From 2015 Farndale joined the Scotland 7s team and played in every tournament for the next two seasons, being awarded player of the season and making selection for the wider Olympic training squad at the end of the first. He was part of both teams that won in London in 2016 and 2017 and was part of the first Scottish team to beat a team from New Zealand, scoring 2 tries in the come back from 21-0 to win 24-21.

He represented Edinburgh at under-16 level in 2009 and 2010, and was included in the extended Scotland under-17 squad that travelled to Valladolid in Spain, in 2010.

Aside from rugby, he has represented Scotland against England, Ireland and Wales in pentathlon.

One of the most dangerous attacking weapons at Scotland’s disposal, Jamie Farndale has been one of the squad’s most consistent performers in recent years.

Having made his debut for Scotland 7s at the 2015 London Sevens, Farndale burst onto the scene in his first full season with the squad. He finished the 2015/16 campaign with 27 tries, and was instrumental in helping his side to a first-ever cup victory at Twickenham in 2016.

Twelve months later, he was part of the squad that defended their London title by beating the hosts 12-7 in the final. Along the way, Farndale’s brace helped his side become the first Scottish representative side to beat New Zealand as they came from 21-0 down to beat the men in black 24-21 in the cup quarter-final.

Farndale was selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, before being named in the squad for the 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.

It was to prove a memorable tournament for both Farndale and Scotland fans alike, as the winger provided two unforgettable contributions. His try after the full-time hooter capped off a thrilling comeback to beat Kenya 31-26 – sending Scotland to a first World Cup quarter-final since 2005 – before running over 100 metres to score the try in extra-time that saw Scotland beat France to finish seventh.

The winger is also an accomplished piper, having played in his school’s pipe band.

Farndale was named Scotland 7s co-captain ahead of the 2018/19 season.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Scotland Sevens

 

Scotland lift the trophy after winning the Cup Final match between Scotland and South Africa during day two of the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium on May 22, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.

 

 

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