AFTER SWAPPING the army for rugby, Grant has made steady progress through the ranks. Something of a late bloomer, he made his Test debut in Scotland’s win over Australia last summer, has become a regular for his country, helped Glasgow to the Pro12 semi-finals and comes into the squad to replace the injured Gethin Jenkins.
As Richie Gray says in the current issue of Rugby World: “Ryan Grant has been fantastic in the past year and has played unbelievably well in every single game.” He’s a solid presence at scrum time and a powerful carrier.
Like fellow replacement Alex Corbisiero, he has everything to play for. Impress in the next few games and he could earn a place on the bench for the series and he’ll want to put the pressure on Mako Vunipola for the No 1 shirt too.
Beating Australia last summer. It was a miserable evening in Newcastle, NSW, but he helped the Scots to grind out a 9-6 win in a tightly-contested affair.
IF HE WERE A FOOD
Melon – refreshing, takes time to ripen.
Age 27 (8 October 1985)
Born New York
Dimensions 6ft 1in & 17st 11lb
Test caps Ten
Test points None
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