Allan Michael Elgin Dell made his Scotland debut in the 2016 Autumn Test against Australia at BT Murrayfield and had the distinction of being named as a British & Irish Lion the year after.
Some strong early international performances earned him a place in Vern Cotter’s 2017 RBS 6 Nations squad and he started in the opening 27-22 win against Ireland to make his championship debut.
Dell continued to be a front-row presence under Head Coach Gregor Townsend on the 2017 summer tour, starting the win over Italy in Singapore and coming on as a replacement in the win over Australia in Sydney, before being called up to the British & Irish Lions squad on their tour in New Zealand and featuring as a replacement in the 34-6 win over the Chiefs.
He earned three more Scotland caps during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Through the ranks...
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.
Date of birth: 16/03/92
Scotland Debut: November 2016
Place of birth: Humansdorp
2014 to present
Durban, South Africa
2012 to 2014
Ireland (replacement), England (replacement), Italy (replacement), France (replacement)
Italy, Ireland, France, Wales, England, France(3) (replacement), Georgia, Georgia(2) (replacement), Ireland(2), Samoa, Japan
Canada, USA (replacement), Argentina, Wales, Fiji, South Africa (replacement), Argentina
Ireland, France, Wales (replacement), England (replacement), Italy (replacement), Italy, Australia
Australia, Argentina, Georgia