As a former Lance Corporal in the 1st Battalion – The Yorkshire Regiment, James is used to the rigours of battle. It’s a mentality that’s served him well as captain of the Leeds Rhinos wheelchair rugby league side, a game that’s certainly not for the faint hearted. After finishing third in the league, Simpson’s Rhinos side stunned favourites and league leaders Halifax 54-44 in the Grand Final at Medway Park, Gillingham in September. Simpson is also an integral part of the England side and will be on international duty this autumn as preparations continue for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. In June he was unveiled as the first official ambassador for the tournament where he hopes to represent his country in the wheelchair event once again.