Grant Gilchrist

Grant Gilchrist, one of the many success stories of the club's EDP programme, became part of the Edinburgh Rugby squad in season 2010/11 and has gone on to win his first full cap for Scotland in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.

Before his career kicked off, Gilchrist had been unlucky with injury, returning to full fitness in the summer of 2011. the timing was therefore perfect for the lock to benefit from 18 weeks' involvement with the Canterbury RFU 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 in the black and red and went on to start 23 of 26 appearances in his debut season, including starts in all but one of the club's historic 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 internaitonal 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.

The powerful lock forward was schooled at Lornshill Academy and received his grounding in the game at Alloa RFC. He has since moved to Stirling County, and has represented Scotland at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.

Away from rugby, Gilchrist has studied chemical engineering and benefitted from an apprenticeship with oil giants BP.


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2015: Sca(r), Uls, Dra, Bor-Beg, Lyo
Second Row
D.O.B.: 09/08/90
Place of birth:
Stirling, Scotland
Height: 6ft 7in (2.02m)
Weight: 120kg
Twitter: @grantgilchrist