James Webster (born 11 July 1979) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is the assistant coach of English club Hull Kingston Rovers of Super League, and previously of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Webster played as a scrum half back or hooker in the National Rugby League for Australian clubs Balmain Tigers and Parramatta Eels. He then played in Super League for English club, Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull F.C. and Widnes Vikings. Webster stayed in England after retiring from playing and became a coach.
Webster played rugby league in his home town of Sydney for the Balmain Tigers.
He then moved to the Parramatta Eels, making over 40 NRL games in his time with the Eels.
He was released from Hull Kingston Rovers on 2 May 2008.
He eventually joined rivals Hull. After only one game in a black and white jersey - Webster was released from his contract.
It was then announced he had signed a 2-year contract with Widnes. He joined National League One side Widnes for the 2009 season.
Webster turned his back on his playing career to focus on his coaching role with former club Hull, when he returned to the black and whites as Assistant Coach in 2010. He worked closely alongside Head Coach Richard Agar and fellow Assistant Coach Andy Last in his first major coaching opportunity, whilst he is also involved in the development of other young coaches with the Rugby Football League. Early 2014 James was playing for amateur rugby club Hornsea RUFC, He has earned one cap and also offers coaching support.
On 2 June 2014, James replaced Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar as the new head coach of the Super League club. On 19 May 2015, James left Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
In March 2016, Webster was named Interim Coach of Hull Kingston Rovers replacing the sacked Chris Chester.
Webster became the assistant coach at Hull Kingston Rovers when he was replaced by Tim Sheens as head coach from the 2017 season.