Grant Stuart Gilchrist made his international debut against France in the 2013 6 Nations, going on to captain his country during their tour to Argentina the year after. He has won more than 40 caps and featured in all four of Scotland's 2019 Rugby World Cup matches.
A recipient of the prestigious John Macphail Scholarship in 2011 after representing Scotland at numerous age-grade levels, Grant Stuart Gilchrist was rewarded for some excellent early club displays with Edinburgh Rugby by being selected for the 2013 Six Nations game against France in Paris aged 22– the start of an international career now boasts over 50 caps.
His has been journey punctuated by its fair share of injury setbacks, and yet Gilchrist has appeared at two Rugby World Cups (2015 and 2019) as well as captaining his country on numerous occasions. He featured in a remarkable 12 Tests for Scotland in 2019 alone and was key member of the squad who won in Paris in 2021, the first time such a result had been achieved in some 22 years.
Gilchrist was named as captain for Scotland’s 2022 Summer tour to New Zealand.
Through the ranks
A product of both the Alloa and Stirling County clubs, Gilchrist played for Central Crusaders under-15 and under-16 and Caledonia under-18. He won the sportsman of the year prize at his secondary school Lornshill Academy, and studied process engineering at Forth Valley College before becoming a full-time rugby player.
In 2008 he played in all of Scotland’s six under-18 matches, including the three in the Six Nations Festival in Cork. He then went on to captain Scotland’s two under-19 internationals in 2009, against Italy and France, scoring a try in the latter match.
Later that year he made three replacement appearances for the Scotland under-20 team in the IRB Junior World Championship in Japan before being selected for the 2010 6 Nations, though a recurrence of a shin injury saw him ruled out after the 30 minutes of the opener against France but returned to U20 action in the 2010 IRB JWC in Argentina where he started four of five games.
He enjoyed a flying start to the 2011-2012 season having spent the summer of 2011 playing club rugby in Christchurch, New Zealand for the Lincoln University club as a recipient of the John MacPhail Scholarship.
Date of birth: 09/08/1990
Scotland Debut: 09/06/2014
Place of birth: Stirling