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Jamie Ritchie Q&A with Riley

Jamie Ritchie taking a Strathallan Rugby Session with junior pupils

Former pupil and Scottish rugby player Jamie Ritchie (S’14) took a break from Six Nations preparation to come and speak to our Junior House, Riley, and run a few skills sessions.

He did a short Q&A with the pupils, giving them an insight into the life of a professional rugby player. Here are a few of the questions answered by Jamie:

Who’s the best players you have ever played against?

“My first ever game for Edinburgh was in preseason just after I had finished school, I remember playing against Manu Tuilagi, he was one of the best players I’ve played against. More recently, playing against Ireland a few weeks ago, I was up against players like Johnny Sexton and Sean O’Brien.”

How did you feel when you got your first Scotland Cap?

“Yeah I was over the moon, something I have wanted to do for years, ever since I can remember I have always wanted to play for Scotland and I got the opportunity in the summer against Canada. It was a really special moment, singing the anthem and getting your first cap. You have to wear it for the rest of the day as soon as you get it, so that’s pretty cool and I didn’t really want to take it off.”

What has been you best moment in Rugby so far?

“My first game at Murrayfield for Scotland, that’s was amazing. I remember being really surprised about what my favourite part of day was – so when you come into Murrayfield on the bus it goes slowly past all the crowd, everyone is cheering and waving and you can hear the pipes piping you in about three quarters of the way in and when you get into the stadium they stop just outside the main reception. The best bit is when the doors open and everyone starts coming off the bus and then everyone starts cheering and the pipes are going, it’s a really emotional moment and that’s probably my best moment so far.”

Do you like playing for Edinburgh or Scotland?

“Both. So Scotland is really special, you get to play at a full Murrayfield and its really important playing for you country. But at Edinburgh you are playing with all your mates, the guys you see every day. It’s like playing for Riley, the guys you spend all your time with.”

Jamie then took three small skills sessions with the different year groups, giving the boys and girls a run around together. It was great to see a smile on all the pupils’ faces. A big thank you to Jamie for taking the time to come down. Best of luck.

Jamie Ritchie taking a Strathallan Rugby Session with junior pupils