Six Nations: Three Edinburgh stars to watch

Six Nations: Three Edinburgh stars to watch

With the Guinness Six Nation kicking off this Saturday, we take a look at three Edinburgh Rugby stars that could make the difference for Scotland in the upcoming Championship.

From potential debutants to unheralded playmakers, keep your eyes on these three Edinburgh men in the coming weeks.

Dave Cherry

Cherry has been in terrific form this campaign and would have no doubt been involved with the Scotland set-up regardless of injuries at the position.

The hooker has taken his opportunities in the capital side's front-row when called upon and showcased his abilities in the loose, as well as set-piece time.

Cherry's throwing accuracy has allowed Edinburgh to build a solid set-piece attack, with the hooker grabbing a score against Cardiff Blues earlier this season following a typically precise lineout drive.

Not just adept at lineouts and scrums, Cherry has also shown up well in the loose, with the hooker's inside break against Glasgow Warriors in January's 1872 Cup derby setting up Chris Dean for a score.

While on the other side of the ball, Cherry has been just as abrasive, with noticeable breakdown turnovers in wins over Scarlets and Sale Sharks.

Expect Cherry to make an instant impact if he's handed his international debut in this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash.

Jamie Ritchie

This may be an obvious choice, but Ritchie has truly made Scotland's No. 6 jersey his own since a breakout 2019 Rugby World Cup, and played nearly every minute of action in the recent Autumn Nations Cup.

With Gregor Townsend naming the flanker vice-captain of his national side, he's clearly seen as a star, while Ritchie has stepped us his game to another level and seems to getting better with every Test match under his belt.

Ritchie - who recently penned a new long-term deal with the club - has saved some of his best rugby for the Six Nations, and was named Player of the Match in Scotland's 28-17 win over France in last year's Championship.

An intelligent nuisance at the breakdown - who isn't afraid to throw his weight around when needed - Ritchie will be one of the first names on Gregor Townsend's teamsheet in the coming weeks.

Jaco van der Walt

There's little doubt that Finn Russell is Scotland's first choice in the No. 10 jersey, but Van der Walt has been a pivotal figure at club level and provide's Scotland with an entirely different set of skills at the stand-off position.

An incredibly accurate goal-kicker - epitomised in the recent victory over Zebre in which Van der Walt nudged over four penalties and a pair of conversions - with a tenacious, blue collar-like work rate in defence, the stand-off has showcased his dependability in crunch time for nearly three years in the Scottish capital.

Van der Walt's distribution is as consistent as his goal-kicking, while the stand-off isn't afraid to stick the ball up the jumper and run head first into a brick wall when nothing is on out wide.

Originally a full-back while at the Lions, Van der Walt has an excellent eye for spotting gaps in the opposition back-three and can thread the needle with a variety of sumptuous kicks that put his side in excellent field position.

Look for Van der Walt to provide Scotland with a spark and go-forward when called upon.

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