Grant Gilchrist, one of the many success stories of the club's EDP (Academy) programme, became part of the Edinburgh Rugby squad in season 2010/11 and went on to win his first full cap for Scotland in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.
The powerful lock forward was schooled at Lornshill Academy and received his grounding in the game at Alloa RFC. He then moved to Stirling County, and represented Scotland at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.
Before his professional career kicked off, Gilchrist had been unlucky with injury, returning to full fitness in the summer of 2011. The timing was therefore perfect for him to benefit from 18 weeks' involvement with the Canterbury High Performance network as one of the recipients of the 2011 John Macphail scholarship.
The big lock returned from the summer season in the southern-hemisphere to hit the ground running and went on to start 23 of 26 appearances in his debut season, including starts in all but one of the club's memorable Heineken Cup campaign.
Grant continued to add to his appearances for the club and the 2013/14 RaboDirect PRO12 fixture against the Dragons marked his milestone 50th cap for the club. Making his 76th appearance for the club, he was one of the 'Lyon five', suffering a double break to the arm as one of five casualties in the opening 20 minutes of the European Cup match, which curtailed his involvement for the rest of 2014 and into the RBS 6 Nations.
He made his international debut in the Stade de France in the final game of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations championship and retained his place for the opening match of the 2013 quadrangular series against Samoa. His first outing as Scotland captain resulted in a 21-19 triumph against Argentina in Cordoba, in the third match of Scotland's 2014 summer tour.
He was included in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad but injury during the pool match against the USA curtailed his involvement in the tournament.
Away from rugby, Gilchrist has studied chemical engineering and benefitted from an apprenticeship with oil giants BP.