Roddy Grant (rugby union)

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Roddy Grant
Full name Roderick Robert Grant
Date of birth (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Botswana
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 15 st 8 lb (100 kg)
School Hilton College
Occupation(s) Rugby player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker, number eight
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–07
2009–
Borders
Edinburgh
1
132
(0)
(55)
correct as of 27 April 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–present Scotland A 9
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2006–present Scotland 7s 12

Roderick Robert "Roddy" Grant is a rugby union player with Edinburgh and Scotland sevens. During the 2008–09 IRB Sevens World Series, Grant took over as captain from the injured Scott Forrest and went on to captain Edinburgh at the start of the 2010–11 Magners League campaign.

Early life[edit]

Grant was born in Jwaneng, Botswana to Scottish parents[1] and soon after moved to Cape Town, South Africa. He attended Western Province Prep School where he started playing rugby at the age of 11. From there he moved onto Bishops where he continued his sporting career. It was here that Grant was selected to play for the South African U15 and U16 waterpolo sides. Halfway through his high school career he moved out of the Western Cape to the Midlands of Natal to attend Hilton College.

It was here that his rugby career really started to take shape moving from the centres to the back row. Grant played for the school's first XV as well as the Natal Schools side. Upon completing high school, Grant moved to Scotland where he began his professional career.

Rugby runs in Roddy's family: his grandfather (Bob) and great-uncle (George) were international referees, the latter was also Scotland full back in 1950 and 1951 and manager of the 1977 Lions in New Zealand, and Grant's father played for British Universities.

Career[edit]

He joined Border Reivers in summer 2006 as an apprentice, and the following January he made his debut for the professional team as a substitute in the Magners League match against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade. He was awarded the 2008 John Macphail Scholarship, allowing him to have a summer playing for Auckland University club in New Zealand.

Grant started as open-side flanker in all five of Scotland’s matches in the 2006 Under 19 Rugby World Championship in Dubai in April 2006. Later that year he made his international sevens debut for Scotland in the Dubai tournament which opened the IRB’s 2006–07 series. He played in six of the tournaments in that series. That season, too, he had his Scotland Under-20 debut in the February 2007 match against England in Bath, and he continued in that team for the game against France in Bourg-en-Bresse.

In November 2008 he was the Scottish Thistles’ joint-top scorer with 45 points (nine tries) in the Singapore international sevens, and he went on to play in the Scotland squad in the 2008–09 IRB tournaments in Wellington (New Zealand), San Diego (USA), Hong Kong, Adelaide, Twickenham and Murrayfield as well as the RWC Sevens in Dubai, where he scored four tries in helping Scotland to win the Plate competition. Over the 2008–09 sevens season he scored 23 tries, and his points tally of 115 was second only to Colin Gregor’s 171.

Grant also played two games for Scotland A in the IRB Nations Cup success in Bucharest in June 2009. His debut was as a replacement in the win against Russia, and his first start followed four days later in the victory against Uruguay. That same month he signed a professional contract with Edinburgh, and his Scotland A career continued with a replacement appearance in the 38–7 win against Tonga at Netherdale, Galashiels, in November 2009. Grant was subsequently nominated for Young Player of the Season in the Magners League for season 09/10.[2]

On 26 December 2013, Grant made his 100th appearance for Edinburgh, leading the team out onto the Murrayfield pitch for the Boxing Day RaboDirect Pro12 derby clash with Glasgow Warriors.[3]

In March 2015, Grant signed a new contract with Edinburgh, which will see him remaining at Murrayfield until 2016.[4]


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Bryce
John Macphail Scholarship
Roddy Grant

2008
Succeeded by
Lewis Niven

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.edinburghrugby.org/edinburgh-rugby/player/roddy-grant
  2. ^ http://www.rabodirectpro12.com/news/8870.php
  3. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby/latest/roddy-grant-out-to-make-amends-for-boxing-day-loss-1-3249579
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/31950132

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