Scottish Building Society Player of the Month: January

Scottish Building Society Player of the Month: January

The four nominees for January's Scottish Building Society Player of the Month were today announced, giving supporters the opportunity to vote for the player that impressed them the most in the latest rounds of the URC and EPCR Challenge Cup.

The four players to be nominated all played significant roles in Edinburgh's victories against Cardiff Rugby and CA Brive, and fought hard in Edinburgh's close loss away to London Irish.

Having helped the side in the stunning wins at DAM Health Stadium, fly-half Blair Kinghorn and centre Mark Bennett are both nominated, as are Jamie Ritchie and Grant Gilchrist, who showed bite both sides of the ball throughout January. Supporters can vote for who they think should take the award using the link at the bottom of the page, before the poll closes at 10am Monday 7 February.

Sponsored and backed by Scottish Building Society, Edinburgh’s Main Club Partner will generously donate £500 to the winning player’s charity of choice, and present the player with a trophy to commemorate their success.

Meet the four players who've been nominated for this month's award and learn their chosen charities.


BLAIR KINGHORN

Kinghorn spearheaded an Edinburgh attack that sparkled in January. The Scotland internationalist has impressed since moving to fly-half, adding an immense running threat closer to the defensive line, and he has been able to exploit those skills to devastating effect.

Edinburgh averaged 40 points per match in the games that Kinghorn started, and the half-back kicked off the month by orchestrating an impressive win against Cardiff.

He also displayed his well-lauded versatility, regularly switching positions in challenging situations.

Chosen charity: Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity


JAMIE RITCHIE

The flanker has been a nuisance for teams in attack and defence, contributing heavily both sides of the ball. A standout moment was Ritchie's 'basketball' pass to set up James Lang to score against Cardiff. The back-rower also found himself on the scoresheet, crossing the whitewash against CA Brive.

Ritchie has been imperious over the ball all season, and is currently 5th in the URC standings for jackal turnovers. The blindside has always displayed a 'never say die' attitude on the field, and put his body on the line in typical 'Jamie Ritchie' fashion.

The Scotland star also showed significant leadership qualities on the field, earning him the role of vice-captain of Scotland when they face England in the Calcutta Cup.

Chosen charity: Doddie Aid


GRANT GILCHRIST

Club co-captain Gilchrist has always performed at the highest level for Edinburgh in his 168 capital club appearances, and January was no different. The lock signed a new deal with the club last month, and has already shown why, leading the 'Edinburgh Wall' in defence.

Edinburgh only conceded 11.3 points per match with Gilchrist on the pitch, with the Alloa man at the heart of operations. Grant was particularly outstanding against London Irish, making 19 tackles (at a success rate of 100%), with the home side throwing everything at Edinburgh in an entertaining encounter.

Chosen charity: Sue Ryder


MARK BENNETT

Bennett was at his rampant best in January, particularly when the outside centre ran the show against Cardiff, running the welsh side ragged in a dominant display.

The centre caught the eye immediately against the side from the welsh capital, bursting through the defence to set up Emiliano Boffelli to score in the corner. Bennett went one better, acrobatically finishing in the corner himself, before scoring a solo effort late on to put the match to bed.

The numbers back up his impressive display, making 135 metres and nine tackle breaks. Bennett also bagged a score in the 10-try thrashing against CA Brive, capping a great week with the centre being recalled to the Scotland squad for the Guinness Six Nations.

Chosen charity: Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity


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