James Thomas Ritchie captained Scotland under-18 in the 2013/14 and was subsequently called up to the under-20 squad to compete in the 2014 Junior World Cup in New Zealand. Upon finishing at Strathallan School, he was signed by Edinburgh Rugby on a fully professional contract.
The product of Howe of Fife RFC played for Caledonia and Glasgow Warriors at under-16 and under-18 age-grades, while the international honours of the Scottish Institute of Sport supported player began at the Wellington festival with Scotland under-16.
He then progressed into the Scotland under-18 squad for the 2012/13 (five caps) and 2013/14 seasons, taking in two FIRA-AER European Championships - finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
In his first appearance in the Scotland under-20 shirt he scored a try against Ireland in the non cap warm-up match in May 2014.
Ritchie, was named as Scotland under-20 captain for the 2015 Six Nations Championship. Leading by example, the openside flanker scored a hat-trick in his side's heavy, 45-0, defeat of Italy in the third round of the tournament.
He continued in his captaincy role for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, wearing the thistle in all five of his side's games.
Outwith rugby, he was a silver medalist at the British judo championships in 2009, the British independent schools judo champion in 2010 and played 1st XI cricket at his school.
His mum Rhona played hockey for Scottish Schools, his dad, Kerr, swam for Scottish Schools.