Grant Stuart Gilchrist marked his first outing as Scotland captain by leading his side to a 21-19 triumph against Argentina in Cordoba in the third match of Scotland’s 2014 summer tour.
Gilchrist had scored his first try for Scotland in the 19-17 victory over Canada in Toronto the preceding week. 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 made his 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 did, however, bounce back in the summer of 2015, with a start against Ireland in Dubiin, assuming the captaincy when scrum-half Henry Pyrgos left the field.
He then earned selection in the final 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, however an injury against USA brought an abrupt end to his campaign.
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.