Geoffrey Dominic Sebastian Cross made his debut at BT Murrayfield on the RBS 6 Nations match against Wales in 2009.
Two years after he had made his Scotland debut he had returned to international starting duties and enjoyed his first win for his country as he gave a solid performance at tight-head in the March 2011 success against Italy.
In his next match he was named EMC Man of the Match for his part in Scotland's secure scrummaging in their August win against Ireland. Geoff made his first appearance for Scotland in the Murrayfield match against Wales at the start of the 2009 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Three months earlier he had his Scotland A debut in the 69-3 win against Georgia at Firhill, Glasgow in November 2008, and he went on to play in the wins over Russia and Uruguay in the IRB Nations Cup tournament in Bucharest in May 2009. He was on Scotland’s tour to Argentina five months earlier, though he was not in the match squad for either Test.
A fourth game for Scotland A followed in the 38-7 win against Tonga in his home town, Galashiels, in November 2009, and he started the 25-0 victory over USA Eagles at the same Borders venue in November 2010. He was back at tight-head prop for the 32-13 win over Ireland Wolfhounds in January 2011 and the 11-3 success against Italy A the following month.
Geoff scored his first try for Scotland in the 2012 EMC Test opener against New Zealand at BT Murrayfield, and was hailed for his scrummaging performance as Scotland defeated Ireland for the first time at Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations Championship for 12 years the following year.
Geoff went on to be a key figure in the Scottish front-row, featuring in all 12 Test of 2014 and a further five in 2015.
Geoff entered professional rugby when he joined The Borders in 2003 from Heriot’s after having played for Scotland under-21 that year, including being at tight-head in the team who beat England 33-22 at Newbury in the final match of the age group’s world championship.
In December 2006 he moved from Border Reivers to Edinburgh Rugby on loan until the end of the season, and his debut for the capital city’s team followed later that month in the Magners League game against Glasgow Warriors at Hughenden. His Edinburgh contract was made more permanent in summer 2007.
Geoff, a Galashiels Academy former pupil, is now a qualified medical doctor.