Scottish Building Society Player of Month nominees announced

Scottish Building Society Player of Month nominees announced

The four nominees for October'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 opening five rounds of the URC!

Having enjoyed stellar starts to the 2021/22 season, scrum-half Ben Vellacott, winger Darcy Graham, lock Grant Gilchrist and number 8 Bill Mata are all nominated for the award, which supporters can vote for using the link at the bottom of the page, before the poll closes at 10am this Thursday.

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.


The scrum-half has enjoyed a dream start to life in the capital after signing from Wasps in the summer. With four tries in five appearances, Vellacott has been a revelation in attack, feasting off quick ball and a fast playing surface at DAM Health Stadium.

Vellacott picked up back-to-back Player of the Match awards in URC Rounds 1 and 2, while his late try against Zebre Parma in Round 5 secured his side the bonus-point victory.

Chosen charity: North Devon Hospice


Few players can-can get a crowd on its feet like Darcy Graham, with the electric winger running in tries for fun in the opening five rounds of the URC.

After grabbing a brace of scores in the Round 1 victory over Scarlets, Graham once again had DAM Health Stadium jumping with an early try in the Round 3 draw against DHL Stormers.

Meanwhile, Graham's bravery has been equally as impressive, with the winger's courageous last gasp high-ball gather securing all four points against Vodacom Bulls in Round 4.

Chosen charity: Astley Ainslie Hospital


The club captain and experienced lock may not be running in tries from 50m and throwing outrageous offloads, but Gilchrist's expertise at the lineout and work in the loose have been nothing short of world class.

Gilchrist played every minute of the opening four rounds of the URC where his leadership had a significant impact and influence on the capital side's promising start to the league campaign.

Chosen charity: Sue Ryder


If there was ever a moment to sum up Bill's ability, you would look no further than his 'out the back door' offload to Darcy Graham in the closing stages of the Round 4 victory over Vodacom Bulls.

Although that piece of magic was worth the price of admission alone, it's Bill's work rate and intensity in the loose that have really stood out. The Fijian star has topped the URC's stats on carrying through five rounds, while his defensive abilities were showcased in full against Zebre Parma with some serious hitting power on display.

Chosen charity: Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity

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