All Star XV: Head Coach and Waterboy

All Star XV: Head Coach and Waterboy

The votes are in and the team has been selected. You have named your Edinburgh All-Star XV! To add to the suspense, we’ll be announcing the team by position group, starting with the forwards before working through the backs. Here is your All-Star XV, as voted by you, the supporters…

Front Row

  • 1. Allan 'Chunk' Jacobsen

    There’s no surprise here! A fan’s favourite and our record cap holder. Jacobsen, a Preston Lodge legend, played more than 250 games for the club, attaining the double-century against Newport Gwent Dragons in September 2008.

    His Edinburgh debut was nearly 11 years earlier as a replacement against ACT Brumbies at Meggetland in November 1997. Jacobsen made his Scotland debut against Canada in 2002 and finished his international career with 65 caps for his country.

    The club legend, known worldwide as Chunk, was invited back to deliver the match ball as Edinburgh faced Munster in the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final in April 2019.

    Honourable mentions: Current South African prop Pierre Schoeman also received a large chunk of votes to fill the No. 1 position, while former Scotland captain and Edinburgh District legend David Sole was also in the conversation to line up at loosehead.

  • 2. Ross Ford

    A bona fide club legend and Scotland’s most capped player, Ross Ford personified what it meant to represent Scotland’s capital city.

    As hard a working player as you will perhaps find in world rugby, Ford has 110 Test appearances for Scotland, three Rugby World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and a British & Irish Lions tour (2009) to his name, making him one of Edinburgh and Scottish rugby’s most decorated players.

    The hooker joined Edinburgh from the Border Reivers in 2007 and soon cemented himself as one of the northern hemisphere’s best.

    The Kelso RFC product – who was a key man in the Edinburgh side that reached the Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Final in 2012 – became only the third men's player to reach 100 Scotland appearances in 2016, before becoming the national side’s most capped player of all time (110 Test appearances) in June 2017.

    Ford retired from professional rugby at the end of the 2018-19 season, making his final and 199th appearance for the club against Glasgow Warriors.

    Ford surpassed Matthew Rees in becoming the second most capped player in the Guinness PRO14 with 203 combined total league appearances for both Edinburgh Rugby and the Border Reivers.

    Honourable mentions: Club captain and Edinburgh centurion Stuart McInally was passed the torch from Ford and received a large share of votes for the hooker position. Meanwhile 39-times capped hooker Kenny Milne was also close to grabbing the No. 2 shirt.

  • 3. WP Nel

    Willem Petrus Nel has made Edinburgh and Scotland his home and is truly deserving of a place in the club’s All-Star XV!

    After signing with Edinburgh on a three-year contract in the summer of 2012, he soon established himself as a firm fan favourite due to his commitment to the jersey, ability in the loose and ferociousness at scrum time.

    Nel – a former Cheetah mainstay – made his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs at the tail end of 2009.

    He then starred in the club’s journey to the Currie Cup final in which his highlight was undoubtedly a semi-final overpowering of Natal Sharks’ South Africa internationalist Tendai ‘the Beast’ Mtawarira.

    These fledgling performances paved the way for Nel’s selection for the Cheetah’s narrow loss to the British & Irish Lions in 2009 (24-26), where he packed down against his former teammate Ross Ford, before starting as the only non-capped player in the Barbarians’ win over the All Blacks at Twickenham (25-18).

    Those performances led to a move to the Scottish capital, where his quality was truly apparent within his first few appearances for the club.

    The front-row qualified to play for Scotland through residency in 2015, and made his debut for the national team against Italy in Turin, before playing a pivotal role throughout the subsequent Rugby World Cup campaign.

    Nel surpassed the 100-cap mark with Edinburgh against Leinster in September 2016, and committed to the club on a three-year deal ahead of the 2017/18 season.

    Nel's impressive form continued into the 2018/19 season where his technique at scrum time and willingness to carry came to the fore in a Man of the Match performance against Montpellier as Edinburgh secured passage to the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup.

    Honourable mentions: Club legend Alasdair Dickinson and Scotland and British & Irish Lion Iain ‘The Bear’ Milne were both in the conversation for securing the tighthead position, but it’s Nel’s longevity at tighthead that gets him in the starting XV!

Second Row

  • 4. Nathan Hines

    Affectionately known as Wagga after his hometown of Wagga Wagga in Australia, Nathan Hines joined Edinburgh in 1999 following a successful stint with Gala RFC that saw him win both league and cup titles with the Borders club.

    Hines – who qualifies for Scotland via his Govan-born Grandfather – played both league and union during his career, turning out for North Sydney Bears and Manly in his native New South Wales, before heading overseas to Scotland.

    The rangy lock was an instant success at Edinburgh and his commitment and skill in the loose made him a crowd favourite as the capital club became the first Scottish club to reach the knockout stages of the Champions Cup in 2003-04.

    Hines own style was complimented well by other capital legends such as Scott Murray, Simon Taylor and Todd Blackadder, who made up a star-studded pack in the early noughties.

    The lock made his Test debut for Scotland in New Zealand – the first of his eventual 77 caps for his adopted country – while he eventually left Edinburgh to play Perpignan, Leinster – where he won the 2010-11 Champions Cup - Clermont and finally Sale Sharks.

    Hines was named in the 2009 British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa where featured in all five regional fixtures.

    Hines finished his Edinburgh career with five tries in 83 appearances.

    Honourable mentions: Hines’ international and club second-row partner Scott Murray received a large chunk of votes due to his equally impressive form in the Scottish capital, while current club centurion Ben Toolis was also firmly in the mix.

  • 5. Grant Gilchrist

    A one club man through and through, Gilco has been at the heart of Edinburgh’s pack since making his debut against Cardiff Blues back in 2011.

    A skilful but equally aggressive operator, the lock made 23 appearances in his first professional season where he jumped onto the scene and never looked back.

    That first year saw the club reach the Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Final and it’s safe to say that Gilchrist has stuck by his boyhood team through good times and bad.

    After suffering through a run of extremely unfortunate injuries that saw him remain on the sidelines for an extended period time, Gilchrist was back to his best and named co-captain of the club in 2016-17.

    The lock has since been unflappable, forming an almost unbreakable second-row bond with Ben Toolis which sees the pair feature together on a weekly basis.

    After making his 100th appearance against Dragons in 2017, the lock’s own game has grown from strength to strength under the tutelage of Head Coach Richard Cockerill.

    Gilchrist is only two games away from making his 150th appearance for the club, an esteemed group that only seven other Edinburgh Rugby legends are currently part of.

    On the international stage, Gilchrist has been as solid for Scotland as he has been for Edinburgh. After making his Scotland debut against France in 2013, the lock’s own international journey has seen him skipper his country under Vern Cotter and reach nearly a half-century of appearances.

    Honourable mentions: Scott Murray received a large chunk of votes due to his equally impressive form in the Scottish capital, while current club centurion Ben Toolis was also firmly in the mix.

Back Row

  • 6. Todd Blackadder

    Former All Blacks captain Todd Blackadder’s arrival in the Scottish capital sent shockwaves around the rugby world when he joined the club in 2001.

    Blackadder – who skippered New Zealand in 10 of his 12 Test caps – was a world class player in his position and, at the time, the signing was deemed a real coup by the capital club.

    A Canterbury legend through and through, Blackadder made 126 appearances for the famous Kiwi side during his spell in Christchurch.

    Blackadder was part of the inaugural Crusaders team in 1996 and would go onto lead the side to its first Super Rugby title in 1998 after they defeated the Blues in the final 20–13. Blackadder would go onto lift the trophy again the following year in 1999 and again in 2000 as the Crusaders became the most successful franchise in Super Rugby history.

    After announcing his decision to join Edinburgh, Blackadder wasted no time in making his mark in the Scottish capital.

    Under his leadership and tutelage, Edinburgh became the first Scottish club to reach to the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup in 2003 as Blackadder skippered the capital side to a famous win over Toulouse at Meadowbank.

    Blackadder was first named as Scotland’s Assistant Forwards Coach under Matt Williams, and became the forwards coach of the then-Edinburgh Gunners under Frank Hadden before Hadden replaced Williams and Blackadder was named as Edinburgh's Head Coach for the remainder of the 2005 season.

    Blackadder, who made a significant impact both playing and coaching in Edinburgh and Scotland confirmed his departure from the Scottish capital to return to New Zealand in 2006.

  • 7. Hamish Watson

    Hamish, Mish or even pinball; Watson’s rise at Edinburgh has been well documented since making his debut for the club back in 2011.

    An elite ball carrier, nicknamed pinball for his ability to bounce off tackles in the loose, Watson has firmly established himself as one of world rugby's most exciting openside flankers.

    Watson moved north from the Leicester Tigers Academy for a centrally held Scotland 7s contract in the summer of 2011 before being approached to join the club's elite development programme following a string of impressive showings in the back-row.

    Watson made his first appearance for the club against Cardiff Blues in 2011, but it wasn't until 2013 that the back-row grabbed his first try for the club. It happened to be on his first start for the capital side against Ospreys.

    The back-row nailed down a starting spot at the beginning of the 2014/15 season as Edinburgh stared the year with an impressive away victory over Munster, and it wasn't long until Watson was playing himself into international contention.

    The back-row was rewarded with a senior international debut in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship, against Italy at BT Murrayfield.

    It was just over a year until Watson got another chance at senior international honours, an opportunity he grabbed with both hands, bringing his relentless club form to the national team set-up and subsequently earning the starting seven jersey in all but one of eight tests in an impressive 2016/17 season.

    The icing on the cake came in the second summer test when his lung-busting support line saw him cross the whitewash for his second Scotland try against the Wallabies, in the national team's historic win in Sydney.

    Hamish went on to start in all Autumn Tests that year, as well as Scotland's five tests at the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.

    Watson made his 100th appearance in the 1872 Cup match-up against Glasgow Warriors in April 2019, while he signed a two-year extension ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

  • 8. Simon Taylor

    The flash and excitement of Simon Taylor accelerating from the base of a scrum was a well-known sight during his time in the Scottish capital, a period that saw the back-row establish himself as a truly world class operator.

    Born in Stirling, Taylor came through the ranks at Heriot’s where Taylor played a pivotal role in the capital club securing a second club championship – a feat that secured his first professional contract with Edinburgh at the beginning of the 2000-01 season.

    Alongside the likes of Todd Blackadder and Martin Leslie, Taylor’s rise to the top of European professional rugby was rapid and his club form soon saw him pick up international accolades too.

    The back-row made his Scotland Test debut against the USA in November 2000 and it wasn’t long until Taylor was named on the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2001.

    Taylor made a try-scoring debut for the Lions in their 116–10 victory over Western Australia before a knee injury unfortunately ended his tour and he returned to Scotland to pass the final exams of his law degree at the University of Edinburgh.

    Taylor was back to his best for Edinburgh in 2002-03 in a campaign that saw him named Scotland’s Player of the Season. The back-row then went on to feature for Scotland at every match during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

    After returning from a serious knee injury, the back-row’s brilliance continued in 2005 where he became only one of three Scots named in the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

    Taylor eventually joined Parisian club Stade Francais in 2007, but left Edinburgh as a club centurion (103 appearances) and one of Edinburgh Rugby’s most decorated players in recent memory.

Half-Backs

  • 9. Mike Blair

    Edinburgh and rugby is truly in the Blair’s blood, having been born and raised in Scotland’s capital city and educated at Edinburgh Academy.

    Mike, alongside his two brothers David and Alex, all represented the club, with Mike the eldest and trailblazer for the Blair family.

    The scrum-half joined the club’s academy in 2002 and was an immediate success, forging a burgeoning relationship with his All-Star XV half-back partner, Chris Paterson.

    With experienced campaigners around him like Todd Blackadder, Allan Jacobsen and Brendan Laney, Blair was part of the successful 2003-4 capital side that defeat Toulouse en-route to becoming the first Scottish club to reach the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.

    The scrum-half made his international debut against Canada in 2002 – scoring his first try on his debut – and was named in Scotland’s squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

    Back on the club scene, Blair was Edinburgh Player of the year in 2006 and 2008, Scotland Pro Team Player of the Year in 2008, and Scotland Player of the Year in 2008.

    He was nominated for the IRB Player of the Year in 2008, the first Scot to be nominated for this award. That year he featured in a list of the 50 best rugby players in the world by The Independent newspaper.

    Having been left out of the original Lions touring squad to South Africa in 2009, Blair was called up as a replacement for the injured Tomás O'Leary on 11 May, starting against The Presidents XV and the Southern Kings and coming off the bench against the Sharks.

    Blair was included in Scotland's 2011 Rugby World Cup Squad. He scored the first try in the team's first match against Romania on 10 September, a 34–24 victory to Scotland. He started against England later in the tournament winning his 75th cap. Blair earned his final cap before retirement against South Africa in November 2012.

    Blair finished with 85 caps for his country, making him Scotland's most capped scrum-half of all time.

    The scrum-half’s final season in the Scottish capital – 2011-12 – saw him guide the club to the Semi-Final stages of the Champions Cup, with Blair scoring the all-important opening try in the famous Quarter-Final win over Toulouse at BT Murrayfield.

    Blair – who left to join CA Brive in 2012 - finished his Edinburgh career with 157 apperances, scoring 78 points in that period.

    Honourable mentions: Greig Laidlaw was well in the running for the No.9 jersey having taken on the mantle in 2012, while Sam Hidalgo-Clyne’s early performances for the club saw him represented in the fan vote.

  • 10. Chris Paterson

    Chris Paterson. A true rugby legend that left the game as Scotland’s highest record points scorer is the fan’s selection for our All-Star XV No.10 jersey

    During his long and celebrated career with the club, it was always a popular debate. Stand-off or full-back, and for Scotland, even wing.

    Well, perhaps this selection puts that argument to bed. With over 80% of the vote, Mossy is hugely deserving of the position, having stuck with the club through numerous coaches and teammates during his 12 seasons at BT Murrayfield.

    Paterson’s rugby career began at hometown Gala RFC in 1996 where the stand-off helped the Netherdale club lift the Scottish Cup 1999.

    After a brief stint with Glasgow in 1998 (which we don’t talk about…) Paterson signed for Edinburgh, where he was also studying P.E.

    The stand-off was an instant success and became a mainstay in the Edinburgh starting XV, playing a pivotal role alongside Mike Blair at half-back, as the duo guided the club to its first-ever Champions Cup Quarter-Final appearance in 2004.

    After a season at Gloucester in 2007-08, Paterson re-joined the club and remained a fixture in the starting line-up for the final years of his professional career.

    One of Paterson’s top skills – his goal-kicking – was typified in Edinburgh last home game of the 2008–09 Celtic League season which saw a 43–3 win against Newport Gwent Dragons. Paterson scored 28 points, kicking nine from nine with five penalties, four conversions and a try.

    Paterson is the 5th highest points scorer in Guinness PRO14 history with 778 points (21T 113C 4D 145P). He played his last ever professional match against Benetton on 5 May 2012 at BT Murrayfield. Despite an unusually long absence from the score sheet partly owing to injury, Paterson scored the club’s third try of the match leading to a 44–21 victory.

    On the international front, Paterson epitomised what it meant to play for Scotland, becoming the first player to reach 100 caps in February 2010.

    Paterson announced his retirement from international rugby in December 2011; at the time, he held many of the most significant Scottish career records.

    His 109 caps was more than 20 clear of then-second-placed Scott Murray; his 96 starts are also the most in Scotland history. He remained Scotland's most-capped player until teammate Ross Ford overtook him in 2017.

    Honourable mentions: Current stand-off Jaco van der Walt picked up the Golden Boot award in 2018-19 which saw him a popular figure in the stand-off vote.

Centres

  • 12. Brendan Laney

    The man known worldwide as ‘The Chainsaw’ arrived in the Scottish capital in 2001 following a successful career with Highlanders in Super Rugby and immediately set about solidifying himself as a cult figure among the Burgh support.

    An elusive runner – nicknamed Chainsaw for the way he cut through defences and his now infamous celebration – with a great goal kicking ability, the Kiwi-born playmaker was a star from the get-go.

    Although Laney was controversially rushed straight into the Scotland team by the then national coach, Ian McGeechan just two days after he arrived from New Zealand, he quickly became a popular figure with teammates and fans, through his personality and leadership.

    He also made his mark with Scotland, setting a new record of 24 points in a Six Nations game, and went on to equal Gavin Hastings’ record of scoring 100 points in just nine Test matches. Perhaps most significantly, he contributed 11 points in the 21-6 defeat of the Springboks at Murrayfield in 2002, Scotland’s first win over one of the tri-nations teams in 20 years.

    On the club front, Laney helped Edinburgh to the inaugural Final of the Celtic Cup in 2003-04 – only to fall short against Ulster in the final – while in the same season, the playmaker played a major role as Edinburgh became the first Scottish club to reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.

    Laney’s now famous last-minute try at Meadowbank sealed an impressive win over Toulouse in December 2003.

    Laney played at stand-off, centre and fullback for Edinburgh from 2001 to 2005. He played 76 times and scored 409 points from 15 tries, 69 penalties, 53 conversions and seven drop-goals.

    Honourable mentions: You can’t discuss Edinburgh centres without mentioning Matt Scott who also picked up a large share of votes. The same goes for both Sean Lineen and Marcus di Rollo, both very impressive centres for the capital club.

  • 13. Scott Hastings

    An Edinburgh man through and through, Scott Hastings has been at the forefront of all things rugby in the Scottish capital since making his Scotland breakthrough in 1986.

    Educated at the city’s George Watsons College, the centre played nearly his whole career with Watsonians where he made over 200 appearances, scoring 500 points in a near 20-year career with the Myreside club.

    Although Hastings made just five appearances for Edinburgh Rugby as a professional club, it was at district level where the centre really cut his teeth.

    With his brother, Gavin, Scott played in a plethora of inter-district battles, including a handful of star-studded touring tests, with Edinburgh facing Australia at Myreside in 1988 and Western Samoa at Inverleith in 1995.

    On the international stage, Hastings won 65 caps at centre for Scotland between 1986 to 1997, with both Scott and Gavin earning their first cap on 17 January 1986 against France.

    When he retired, he was Scotland's most-capped player ever, while he was twice a member of the British Lions in 1989 (Australia) and 1993 (New Zealand) where he suffered a shattered cheekbone and did not play against the All Blacks.

    Nowadays, you can hear Scott’s voice on the box with the capital legend now an established commentator for BT Sport and World Rugby TV.

Back-Three

  • 11. Tim Visser

    There’s no way supporters weren’t going to vote the club’s all-time top try scorer on to the wing!

    With 60 tries in five seasons, Tim Visser will no doubt go down as one northern hemisphere’s more dangerous finishers in modern times, while the sight of the Flying Dutchman galloping down the BT Murrayfield flanks became an all so familiar display for the Burgh faithful.

    After moving north from Newcastle Falcons in 2010, Visser soon established himself as a deadly weapon in attack, finishing as top try scorer in each of his first four seasons in the Scottish capital.

    In his debut campaign, Visser crossed the whitewash on 10 occasions, which saw him win the Young Player of the Season Award and as well as be named in the Magners League Dream Team.

    Visser’s sophomore year saw him finish as top try scorer once again with 14 tries, while the winger was again included in the Magners League Dream Team.

    The winger scored 13 times in 2011-12. Four of those scores came in the Heineken Champions Cup as Edinburgh reached the Semi Final Stages of the competition for the first time in its history – with Visser playing a major role in that run, grabbing a brace of scores the 48-47 group stage win over Racing Metro. In addition, he was voted the Player's Player of the Season that same year.

    On the international stage, Visser became eligible for Scotland in June 2012 and was named on Scotland’s tour of Oceania in June 2012. The winger grabbed a brace on debut, scoring twice in the 37-25 win over Fiji.

    Although Visser left the Scottish capital for pastures new in 2015 – joining English Premiership side Harlequins – the winger will long be remembered as a try scoring phenom - The Flying Dutchman.

    Honourable mentions: Edinburgh have been blessed with some fantastic wingers throughout both the amateur and professional eras, with Simon Webster and current superstar, Duhan van der Merwe, both picking up large shares of the vote.

  • 14. Andy Irvine

    Born and bred in the Scottish capital, Andy Irvine captained Edinburgh District during an illustrious career for Heriot’s, Scotland and The British & Irish Lions.

    Irvine earned 51 Scotland caps - captaining the team on fifteen occasions – scoring 250 points on the international stage. The fullback went on three British and Irish Lions tours, making him one of Scottish rugby’s most decorated players.

    A silky runner with tremendous acceleration, Irvine’s 51 caps came between 1972–82 and included ten tries. His first cap was against the All Blacks in December 1972. His last international appearance was against Australia on 10 July 1982.

    He earned British and Irish Lions caps versus South Africa (1974), New Zealand (1977) and South Africa (1980). He scored 156 points in fifteen games on the 1974 Lion tour. He also played for the Barbarians during their 1976 Easter Tour. In the 1974 tour, he adopted many South African tactics and styles of play, although JPR Williams was preferred as full back for the tests, limiting Irvine to two test appearances on the wing.

    Irvine vies with Gavin Hastings and Stuart Hogg for the title of Scotland's greatest ever fullback, with incisive running at a blistering pace from the back his trademark.

    A number of polls have voted Irvine Scotland's greatest player, and he is generally considered one of the best, if not the best, attacking full backs of his era. His presence in the line often distracted defenders even when he did not have possession.

    In modern times, Irvine is the current Honorary Chairman of the club and rarely misses a game at BT Murrayfield.

    Honourable mentions: Edinburgh have been blessed with some fantastic wingers throughout both the amateur and professional eras, with Simon Webster and current superstar, Duhan van der Merwe, both picking up large shares of the vote.

  • 15. Gavin Hastings

    Gavin joins brother Scott in the All-Star XV and completes a star-studded backline that features four British & Irish Lions.

    Like his sibling, Gavin is another true ‘Edinburgh man’ that featured for the district side throughout his celebrated career, while playing for home club Watsonians.

    Educated at the city’s George Watsons College, Hasting studied at Cambridge University where he captained the victorious 1985 University side, before winning the Gallaher Shield with Auckland University during a sabbatical year in New Zealand.

    Hastings made his Scotland debut against France in 1986 and was a central figure in the famous 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam.

    His final game was on 11 June 1995 against New Zealand in Pretoria at the Quarter-Finals of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. By the end of that match he had scored 667 international points, a Scottish record that stood until surpassed by fellow Edinburgh Rugby legend Chris Paterson in 2008.

    He captained Scotland on 20 occasions including at the 1995 World Cup.

    The fullback first played for the British and Irish Lions in 1986, against a Rest of the World XV, before playing in all three tests of the successful 1989 tour to Australia and against France in 1989. He was captain on the 1993 tour to New Zealand, where the Lions lost the test series 2-1.

    Hatsings – who was inducted in the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003 – was named Chairman of Edinburgh Rugby in 2007, and while he is not currently involved with the club in an official capacity, you can still find him at BT Murrayfield match night!

    Honourable mentions: While either Gavin Hastings or Andy Irvine would not look out of place named in World All-Star XV, there have been plenty others to wear the No. 15 jersey for Edinburgh. Chris Paterson – voted in at stand-off – picked up a large share of the vote, as did Boroughmuir legend Bruce Hay and current Scotland star, Blair Kinghorn.

Head Coach and Waterboy

  • Head Coach - Richard Cockerill

    He’s been at the club just shy of three years, but you name Richard Cockerill as your All-Star XV Head Coach!

    There’s no doubt that Cockerill has turned the club around, taking the capital side from perineal underachievers in the Guinness PRO14 to a consistent and winning team, battling on both domestic and European fronts.

    More than that, Cockerill has given Edinburgh an identity that it perhaps never really had a full grasp of. A hard working, gritty team that is always ‘in the fight’, no matter the scoreline or situation.

    Going hand in hand with the rebrand of the club, supporters have bought in to Cockerill’s mantra for hard work, and that has seen an upturn in fortunes off the field too.

    With winning comes bigger attendances, a move to a new home and a more engaged supporter base – all of this hasn’t happened by accident, and Cockerill has had a huge part to play.

    In his first season at the club, Edinburgh were the surprise package of the tournament, finishing in third place in Conference B to reach the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for the first time in its history, as well as securing a return to the Heineken Champions Cup.

    Back at the big table in European rugby in 2018-19, Cockerill guided the club to a top of the pool finish – with memorable wins over RC Toulon, Montpellier and Newcastle Falcons a highlight of the campaign – as Edinburgh secured a home Quarter-Final against Munster.

    Now in the current campaign, Edinburgh returned to a consistent performer in the Guinness PRO14 and sit atop Guinness PRO14 Conference B having already recorded significant wins over Munster, Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors.

    Honourable mentions: Andy Robinson also received a fair share of the vote having guided the club to second place finish in the 2008-09 season.

  • Waterboy - Jim Hamilton

    The man known as Big Jim played in the Scottish capital for just two seasons between 2008-2010, but the lock has definitely cemented himself as a cult hero among the Burgh support.

    With 63 caps for his country, Hamilton was regular feature in the Scotland pack after making his international debut in 2006 and, as such, arrived in Edinburgh with plenty of experience and a reputation as being a hard man, with an edge to his game.

    In his first season at the club, the lock played a pivotal role as Edinburgh finished in second place in the then-Celtic League, just eight points behind eventual winners, Munster.

    Although Hamilton left the club to join Gloucester – whom he captained - for the 2010-11 season, the lock has remained a popular figure among the Edinburgh faithful, no doubt due to his commitment to the jersey and rapport with the fans during his stint in the Scottish capital.

    Hamilton did enjoy a memorable return to BT Murrayfield in 2017, where he played his final game in professional rugby as Saracens defeat Clermont to lift the Heineken Champions Cup.

    Nowadays, Hamilton is the co-host of rugby’s most popular podcast – The Rugby Pod – while his successful venture into media sees him work as a pundit for Premier Sports, BT Sport and Channel 4.

    You have voted Hamilton as our Water Boy and 16th man, so make sure to give him a warm welcome when he’s next back at BT Murrayfield!

    Honourable mentions: There were plenty of nominations across the board for this position with cult hero Brendan Laney – voted in to the centre – also picking up a big slice of the vote.

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