The Utah Warriors re-signed James Vaifale for the 2021 Major League Rugby season. The wing/fullback is 6’0″ and 210 lbs.
James played in pre-season matches in 2020 with the Utah Warriors but did not play during the truncated regular season. He played with the Warriors Selects during the Fall 2020 season.
James is from Chandler, Arizona, and attended Corona del Sol High School. He played football at Mesa Junior College and then at Western New Mexico University on a football scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology.
He played rugby with the Tempe Old Devils, played with the Boys High school All-Americans at the Rosslyn National School Sevens, and for the USA U20s in the 2014 Hong Kong World Rugby Under 20 Trophy. While with Tempe, the team won the Men’s D2 National Championship in 2016. He also played for American Samoa’s national team, Talavalu, in the 2019 Oceania 7s and the North American Lions in the Rugbytown 7s.