James Buckland (born 21 September 1981 in Aylesbury, England) is a former rugby union player and current coach who played at hooker for Leicester Tigers, London Wasps, London Irish in the Aviva Premiership and is current head coach of Green King IPA Championship side London Welsh.
Born and raised in Aylesbury, Buckland started playing at Aylesbury RFC. Whilst playing for his home town club, he was spotted and offered a contract with the Northampton Saints. He did not make an appearance for their senior team and later signed with the Leicester Tigers during the summer of 2002.
That same summer, Buckland represented England at the 2002 IRB U21 World Championships.
During his spell with the Tigers, Buckland featured in the 2007 Heineken Cup Final. He also represented the England Saxons at the 2006 Churchill Cup.
Buckland joined London Wasps for the 2007–08 season. Buckland signed for London Irish in the summer of 2008. James Buckland retired from the game due to injury and became the forwards coach at Championship rugby club London Scottish from 2011/12 season.
In the summer of 2015 he became head coach at National One side Rosslyn Park on a 3-year contract.