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.
Gilchrist made his competitive debut for Edinburgh Rugby in the first game of the 2011/12 RaboDirect PRO 12 campaign against Cardiff Blues and later that season made his Heineken Cup debut in an away victory against London Irish.
He earned a first start for Scotland in the Stade de France in the final game of the RBS 6 Nations championship and retained his place for the opening match of the 2013 quadrangular series against Samoa.
Despite his formative years, Gilchrist was named captain of the 2014 Autumn Test squad but his chance to do so was wrecked by season-ending arm injury for his club weeks before. The lock bounced back in the summer of 2015 and earned selection for the final 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, although an injury against USA brought an abrupt end to his campaign.
He returned to the Scotland squad in 2016, featuring in the Autumn Tests against Australia, Argentina and Georgia, and returned to 6 Nations rugby the following year with a win over Italy at BT Murrayfield. Grant went on to play twice in the Autumn Tests in 2017, including the win over Australia.
In 2018, he came off the bench in Scotland's opening test of their 2018 NatWest 6 Nations campaign against Wales, and went on to start in the next three consecutive tests, including Scotland's historic Calcutta Cup win.
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: 09/08/90
Scotland Debut: June 2014
Place of birth: Stirling
2011 to present
Italy (replacement), France
Italy, Ireland, France, Wales, England, France(2), France(3) (replacement), Georgia, Ireland(2), Samoa, Russia (replacement), Japan (replacement)
Wales (replacement), France, England, Ireland, Canada, USA (replacement), Argentina, Wales (replacement), Fiji, Argentina
Italy, New Zealand (replacement), Australia
Australia (replacement), Argentina, Georgia (replacement)
Ireland, Italy, Japan, USA
USA (replacement), Canada, Argentina, South Africa
France, Samoa , Italy (replacement), USA