Written by Mike Carter, Hull KR Shirts.
Welcome to Getting Shirty With James Green. I had the opportunity to ask former Hull KR and current York City Knights player James Green some questions about, the shirts which he has worn in his Rugby League career to date.
NAME – James Green
CLUBS – Hull Kingston Rovers, Workington Town (DR), Batley Bulldogs (DR), Gateshead Thunder (DR), Leigh Centurions, Sheffield Eagles (DR), Castleford Tigers, Halifax (Loan), Bradford Bulls and York City Knights (DR = Dual Registration)
POSITIONS – Prop Forward
STATS FOR HULL KR – (2012-2016)
HERITAGE NUMBER -#1143
APPEARANCES – 82
TRIES – 3
(A special thank you to Bryan & Jonathon for providing the stats)
James Green signed for Hull KR at the age of 17 and developed within the academy for 5 years before making his Super League debut against Bradford Bulls at Odsal. Before his Super League debut, James spent time on dual registration in 2012 with Workington Town making a handful of appearances gaining valuable first-team experience.
Green’s debut was an interesting affair, as he was placed on report and received retrospective punishment leading to a suspension.
A few more dual registration moves followed including stints with Batley Bulldogs and Gateshead Thunder during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. 2014 would be James’ breakout year at Hull KR and he would feature in almost every game for The Robins. He was voted as the Young Player of The Year, just before his 24th birthday. 2015 was another good year for James as he helped guide the club to a first Challenge Cup Final since 1986, but unfortunately, he wouldn’t get to run out at Wembley after not being selected for the Final by then Head Coach, Chris Chester.
2016 would be James’ final season at Hull KR after signing a 2 year deal with Leigh Centurions. Spells with Leigh, Castleford, Bradford Bulls and York City Knights have followed in the following 4 years. James’ attention is currently on York, however, he has eyes firmly on his career after playing Rugby League also, recently launching his own company Green & Green, which specialises in Mortgages and Insurance.
Getting Shirty With James Green
MC – James, what is your favourite Hull KR shirt you’ve played in?
JG – My favourite Hull KR shirt would have to be the 2014 charity shirt. I think it was a cool design. I loved the Union Jack and the camouflage. A few teams have done camouflage before but I think this one was done best because it was strictly Hull KR colours and it was for a great cause so that helps.
JG – I’d also like to give a mention to the 2015 away shirt, which was to support the City of Culture bid. I have fond memories playing in it and I’ve never seen Hull KR play in purple before!
MC – What is your favourite rugby shirt (excluding Hull KR) you’ve ever played in and why?
JG – My Favourite (Non-KR) rugby shirt I’ve played in would be the Bradford Bulls 2018 home shirt. I have great memories of that playing group and helping get Bradford promoted was a proud moment for us all so I am fond of this shirt.
MC – Is there a shirt you’ve played in and thought, “man, this is awful”?
JG – YES! The 2008 home and away shirt which Hull KR wore in their 2nd year in the Super League. It was the thickest, roughest material ever. 2008 was my first year in the academy at Hull KR and if it rained it weighed a tonne then in summer it was like running around in a woolly jumper. What an awful set of shirts to play in.
MC – What was your favourite rugby shirt growing up?
JG – I grew up a Hull FC/Hull Sharks fan. So I remember the shirt Hull had in 1996/97 with a shark on the front and on the back. As a kid, I thought that was so cool!
MC – Do you have any superstitions with regards to club kit and getting ready for a game? (One sock on before the other or wouldn’t warm up in playing jersey, for example)
JG – My superstition was not having a superstition. I always thought if you get into a strict routine before a game and depend on it then you’ll worry and lose focus if one piece doesn’t go to plan. So I tried to do something different in the build-up to every game so I didn’t become dependent on anything in particular, just in case it didn’t go to plan.
MC – Do you have a favourite shirt which you’ve acquired in your career?
JG – We don’t really swap shirts after games because the kit men go mental, as we only get 2 for the whole season. However, I do have my Rovers shirt from my debut framed at home.
JG – Outside of Rugby, I have a Mike Tyson signed boxing glove from when I met him in 2017 in Las Vegas. It’s my pride and joy.
MC – Unfortunately you didn’t play in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final for Rovers but did you get a playing shirt? If so what happened to it?
JG – I think I have my Wembley shirt and warm-up shirt away somewhere. However, my memories of that Challenge Cup run ended in the Semi-Final at Headingley, so I only have an attachment to things up until then.
MC – What would you say was your most memorable moment in a Hull KR Shirt?
JG – The 2015 Challenge Cup Semi-Final would be my proudest moment in a Rovers shirt. To get my home town team to Wembley was an incredible feeling.
MC – Do you have a favourite or prefered position and squad number?
JG – My favourite squad number is 23. I wore it during my break out year and it was also Michael Jordan’s number. I’ve only ever played prop so that’s my preferred position because its all I’ve known, but to say I shared a number with MJ is pretty cool.
MC – How many shirts per season would you normally wear as a player?
JG – We normally get 2 of each style of shirt in case you rip one or get blood on one during a game.
MC – Would you have liked more?
JG – I think we need more because I’ve known Bonesy (Hull KR Kitman) have to stitch them back up when they’ve torn because they wouldn’t give him any more.
MC – What would normally happen to the shirts you wore, which you got to keep at the end of a season?
JG – At the end of the season we get 1 of the 2 shirts and our player sponsor gets the other as a thank you for their support during the year.
That’s everything from James Green in this Q&A with Hull KR Shirts. I’d just like to once again thank James for taking the time do the Q&A and wish him all the best in his career and his new adventures off the field with his company Green & Green. Please feel free to reach out to James if he can help you with any Mortgage or Insurance needs. To contact James through social media click here.
Here is James’s PNG Charity Shirt which was issued to him for the Super League game against Hull FC in July 2015. Unfortunately James didn’t feature however, this was still made up for him for the derby fixture.
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