James McRae grew up in Murray Bridge, 1999, he began at the Murray Bridge Rowing Club, a traditional club, who had asked the Australian eighth at the 1924 Olympic Games.
2007 McRae first came to the Rowing World Cup, finishing with the Australian sculls fourth place in Amsterdam. The World Rowing Championships 2007, the boat reached the tenth place. 2008, the four reached the final at the Olympic Games in Beijing and finished in the lineup Christopher Morgan, James McRae, Brendan Long and Daniel Noonan fourth place.
2009 McRae won the bronze medal at the U23 World Championships. 2010 received the Australian sculls in the cast Karsten Forster Ling, David Crawshay, James McRae and Daniel Noonan the bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships 2010 in New Zealand. 2011 came Christopher Morgan for Crawshay into the boat, Morgan, McRae, Forster Ling and Noonan won gold at the World Championships in Bled. 2012 occupied the Australian sculls third place at the Olympic Games in London behind the German and Croatian boat.