James Tedesco (born 8 January 1993), nicknamed Teddy, is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He is a Dally M winner; a NSW State of Origin back-to-back winner; and a back-to-back NRL grand-final winner. He has played for Italy and Australia at international level. James was born in the northern Sydney suburb of Ryde, New South Wales. He was raised on a 100-hectare property in Menangle in Sydney's south west, complete with its own football field with goal posts. He began playing rugby league when he was six and always dreamt of playing NRL. James completed his degree in Exercise Health and Science at the Strathfield campus of the Australian Catholic University in 2016.