Allan Michael Elgin Dell made his first debut for Scotland starting in the number 1 jersey against Australia in the opening 2016 Autumn Test match in November 2016, and was followed by a second starting appearance for the prop a week later in their 19-16 win over Argentina at BT Murrayfield.
His strong performances earned him a place in Vern Cotter’s 2017 RBS 6 Nations and saw him start in their opening 27-22 win against Ireland to make his 6 Nations debut.
Dell signed for Edinburgh Rugby in the summer of 2014, making his Guinness PRO12 debut in October, and was included in the extended Scotland squad that same month, however injury during Edinburgh’s match against Leinster curtailed his involvement in the national set-up.
Injury disrupted the remainder of Dell's debut season, but he returned in time to earn re-selection in Scotland's extended squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup.
The promising young prop attended Queens College in Eastern Cape and made 13 senior appearances in the Vodacom and Currie Cup competitions. He was also selected for South Africa Schools and every South Africa age-grade en route to lifting the Junior World Championship trophy with the under-20 side in 2012.
Allan is eligible to play for Scotland through his grandmother, Joan Carmichael, who was born in Paisley and raised in Edinburgh.