NEWS | Ritchie extends his stay until 2021

Edinburgh have re-signed 21-year-old back-row Jamie Ritchie, with the former Scotland U20 captain extending his stay with the club until at least May 2021.

A product of Perth’s Strathallan School and the Howe of Fife club, Ritchie’s current deal was due to expire at the end of next season, but he has agreed to extend that with the club he started his professional career with as a 17-year-old. He has so far made 39 appearances for the capital club.

As one of Edinburgh’s most consistent performers this season, Ritchie received his first call-up to the national squad ahead of last month’s Autumn Tests.

On re-signing with club, Ritchie said: “I’m delighted to be staying here in Edinburgh – a city which my family and I call home.

“I’ve really enjoyed the changes made under Richard Cockerill and I’m excited to see where the club can go. We’re starting to build something incredibly strong here and I want to be a part of that process.”

Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill added: “Jamie has been in great form this season and we’re thrilled that he sees his future with Edinburgh.

“We’re developing a strong culture within the club and Jamie’s contribution is central to those plans.”

A former British Independent Schools judo champion, Ritchie has also represented Scotland at U16 and U18 levels, whilst he was named U20 captain ahead of the 2015 Six Nations - a tournament in which he started all five of his side’s games.

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