James was born on June 29th 1990 and plays with the Upperchurch-Drombane club. James played Minor Hurling with Tipperary in 2007 and 2008, winning Munster and All-Ireland Medals in 2007 at wing-back. James played Under 21 Hurling with Tipperary in 2010 and 2011, also winning Munster and All-Ireland Medals in 2010 at wing-back. James lined out at wing-back for the Tipperary Intermediate Hurlers in 2012, winning Munster and All-Ireland medals. James won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with University College Cork in 2013 and captained UCC to the 2014 Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals. James won a Munster Senior Hurling medal at full-back in 2015.
James made his League debut as a substitute versus Dublin in March 2014. James made his Championship debut at right half-back versus Limerick in the 2014 Munster Championship. James was nominated for an All-Star award for his performances in the 2015 season.
Championship debut – 2014 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 10