RBN invite you to an evening with Grant Gilchrist and Stuart McInally, Joint Captains of Edinburgh Rugby, on Wednesday 16th November 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, generously hosted by KPMG. These two stalwarts of Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland will share their thoughts on the professional game in Scotland and no doubt have some interesting insights into the life of modern professional rugby players.
When & Where: Wednesday 16th Nov | 6.30pm to 8.30pm
KPMG, 3rd Floor, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EG
A product of Lornshill Academy Grant played at Alloa RFC before moving to Stirling County. He represented Scotland at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.
Before winning a professional contract with Edinburgh Rugby, Grant had suffered some injury issues but they did not stop him winning the prestigious John Macphail scholarship in 2011, earning him 18 weeks' involvement with the Canterbury High Performance network in New Zealand. On his return to Scotland, he went on to start 23 of 26 appearances in his debut season for Edinburgh, including starts in all but one of the club's memorable Heineken Cup campaign. Injury curtailed his involvement in the 2014/15 season and into the RBS 6 Nations.
He made his international debut in the Stade de France in the final game of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations championship and retained his place for the opening match of the 2013 quadrangular series against Samoa. His first outing as Scotland captain resulted in a 21-19 triumph against Argentina in Cordoba, in the third match of Scotland's 2014 summer tour. He was included in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad but an injury during the pool match against the USA curtailed further involvement in the tournament.
Away from rugby, Gilchrist has studied chemical engineering and benefitted from an apprenticeship with oil giants BP.
Grant has amassed 81 caps for Edinburgh, scoring 2 tries and has 12 Scotland caps and 1 international try.
A former headboy of George Watson's College, Stuart started his professional career with Edinburgh Rugby in the 2010–11 season. Prior to his pro debut season, he appeared at and captained all age group levels for Scotland, Under-17, Under-18, and Under-20, and played for Scotland 7s in the 2009/10 IRB World Series. He was the captain of the under-20 team in the 2010 6 Nations, and started every match, following four starts and one appearance off the bench in the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship that year in Japan, scoring a try in the final game against Tonga.
In 2013 it was announced that he would be making the transformation from flanker to hooker, a process which saw him spend time on loan at Bristol Rugby. He made his competitive debut in his new position for Edinburgh in early 2015, and was called up to the Scotland squad for the 2015 summer tests. After securing his first caps in the double-header victories against Italy, McInally was named in the final 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup by Head Coach Vern Cotter. However, he then had to withdraw from the squad through injury and was replaced by Kevin Bryce
Stuart has 84 caps for Edinburgh, scoring 8 tries and 9 caps for Scotland.