Two Scots named in ‘URC Elite XV’ team-of-the-season

Jamie Ritchie of Edinburgh and Sione Tuipulotu of Glasgow Warriors make the cut

Jamie Ritchie has been named in the 'URC Elite XV' for the 2023-24 season. Image: © Craig Watson -
Jamie Ritchie has been named in the 'URC Elite XV' for the 2023-24 season. Image: © Craig Watson -

EDINBURGH flanker Jamie Ritchie and Glasgow Warriors centre Sione Tuipulotu have been named in the ‘URC Elite XV’ team of the season, which is selected by a media vote from players who have made at least nine appearances in the competition this season.

Munster, who finished the regular campaign top of the table and host Glasgow Warriors in tomorrow [Saturday] evening’s play-off semi-final, have contributed three players in centre Alex Nankivell, stand-off Jack Crowley (who has also been named Next-Gen Player of the Season) and second-row and captain Tadhg Beirne.

Ritchie was also named earlier this week as ‘Turnover King’ having managed 22 turnovers over the course of the season, and was unveiled today as Edinburgh’s Player of the Month for May.

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The 27-year-old chose to donate the entire £500 prize for that player-of-the-month accolade (sponsored Scottish Building Society) to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.

The Charity provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for the families of children in hospital at 14 houses around the UK, including at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People in Edinburgh.

“It’s a charity that’s close to my heart,” Ritchie shared. “A few years ago, my little sister had an operation that didn’t go to plan and ended up having to stay in hospital longer. Ronald McDonald House put up my dad and step-mum while she recovered in America. Our family always takes any opportunity to support them, and this felt perfect.”

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URC Elite XV:

15. Warrick Gelant (DHL Stormers)


14. Jordan Larmour (Leinster Rugby)

13. Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors)

12. Alex Nankivell (Munster Rugby)

11. Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls)


10. Jack Crowley (Munster Rugby)

9. John Cooney (Ulster Rugby)


1. Ox Nche (Hollywoodbets Sharks)

2. Akker van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls)

3. Wilco Louw (Vodacom Bulls)

4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby)

5. Ruan Nortjé (Vodacom Bulls)

6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh)

7. Elrigh Louw (Vodacom Bulls) 

8. Cameron Hanekom (Vodacom Bulls)



URC Awards Winners 2023-24:

Tackle Machine: Alessandro Izekor (Benetton Rugby)

Turnover King: Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby)

Gilbert Golden Boot: Chris Smith (Vodacom Bulls)

OFX Top Try Scorer: Johnny Matthews (Glasgow Warriors)

Ironman Award: Shane Daly (Munster Rugby)

Next-Gen Player of the Season: Jack Crowley (Munster Rugby)

Try of the Season Powered by Aphelele Fassi (Hollywoodbets Sharks)

Elixirr Innovation Award: Benetton

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  1. 8 from South Africa …. I worry a little that they will dominate the tournament next year. Mind you that was the Irish for last few years so what’s new.

    Probably just negativity born of another disappointing season fron Edinburgh….

  2. I’d be surprised if many of Leinsters ‘Champions Cup’ players made 9 or more appearances in the URC. They have shown little respect for it so far.

    6 Bulls players though? They have been good but what’s going on there?

  3. Cannot take this list seriously. Don’t get me wrong there are some good players on it but come on to exclude every Leinster player with the exception of Larmour (who is probably their weakest link) is just silly. Leinster we’re within a drop kick of winning the Champions Cup and if they weren’t so obsessed with their ‘drive for five’ and didn’t rest their strongest team on occasion would have topped the league at a canter. Irrespective of what I have just spouted it’s good that Sione and Jamie are getting some recognition. Strange however given he is he highest try scorer on the URC/Europe/The World that Johnny Mathews isn’t in the team.

    • these are always a bit of fun but a bit of a joke!
      FWIW being top try scorer doesn’t make you top in your position, although in these it usually does.
      Gelant, Larmour and Akker Van der Merwe are joke picks however

  4. Fair play to Jamie. Much maligned for the past while, rightly so at times. Was excellent in the second half of the season.

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