The Scottish MVP, who is the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Scotland?

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) is not necessarily the best player in the team, but if you’re playing a World Cup Final tomorrow, who is the single player most important to the gameplan and outcome. Will the Scottish MVP change during the Six Nations?

It might be strange to see Stuart Hogg missing out on MVP for Scotland, as he’s almost certainly the best player on this Scotland side. He falls short of a nomination as the team still manages to perform well without him, proving that he’s not their MVP when it comes to their game plan.

John Barclay

A No8 who has successfully adapted to the role of blindside flanker. He is incredibly dominant around the breakdown, hugely physical and his jackal technique does not go unnoticed, pair him with Watson and you’d want to chase them into battle. Barclay assumed captaincy and while doing so gained a successful win over Wales, which had not been done in over ten years, which concludes me to say that his leadership is hard to ignore.

Finn Russell

The whole game plan revolves around this guy; he decides on the tempo of the game as well as decisions. He is constantly improving his game and has grown into the responsibilities his position gives him. Russell has been hugely influential in recent games, such as when they beat Australia and his performance in November was nothing short of outstanding. He is a great reader of the game, distributor and he offers speed when needed. Russell doesn’t fade away from an inside break and if this player couldn’t have any more qualities, add an elite goal kicker to the list.

For us, Finn Russell is the Scottish MVP. Check out our video to see why.
For us, Finn Russell is the Scottish MVP. Check out our video to see why.
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Hamish Watson

Is one to watch as he dictates rucks all over the park, increasing the speed for his own team while slowing down the opposition. This open-side flanker demonstrates Scotland’s game plan to play fast but minimise the opposition’s opportunities. His build allows him to have a lower centre of gravity which helps him become dominant and aggressively physical around the breakdown, much like Barkley. Watson’s skills have secured him a permanent spot as a starter for Scotland.

The 1014 review how they see the Scottish MVP

Let us know what you think? Have we missed something? Is there a blatant omission?

Don’t miss any of the previous Six Nations MVP videos – Italian MVP and French MVP.


Author: Taylor Curtis

I have always shared a passion for rugby whether it is on or off the field.
Experiencing both forms of code from fifteens to sevens, my rugby season well and truly never ends. When I’m not playing, I’m studying towards my double degree in media communications and psychology.


  1. Nice work, Taylor! The MVP series is great. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the best players are not always the most important in a team. Great to see the back row getting some of the plaudits for Scotland’s resurgence but you are right, Finn is the spark that lights Scotland’s fire.


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