Six Nations 2015: Ryan Grant added to Scotland squad
Vern Cotter calls up Glasgow Warriors loosehead prop ahead of opener in France after his assault trial ended earlier this week
Ryan Grant is the latest player to be added to Vern Cotter’s Scotland squad for the Six Nations.
The 29-year-old loosehead prop was initially left out of Scotland’s initial 32-man squad pending a court trial with Ryan Wilson and Rory Hughes, two of his Glasgow Warriors team-mates, for assault.
Speaking at his squad announcement last month, Cotter revealed that he could call up Wilson and Grant, depending on the outcomes of their cases and the needs of the Scotland team.
“We know why [they’re not involved],” he said.
“They’re innocent until proven guilty, but they’ve got a lot on their plate at the moment.
“I think they could be involved [later in the tournament].”
Wilson, who was found guilty of one charge and pleaded guilty to another, has been suspended by the Scottish Rugby Union and faces an anxious wait to discover what further punishments may be handed to him after an internal investigation.
Rather than be returned as not guilty, the case against Grant at Glasgow Sheriff Court was “not proven”, a second acquittal verdict available under Scots Law, which usually indicates that a judge or jury is not entirely sure of the accused’s innocence yet the evidence is insufficient to return a guilty verdict.
“Ryan Grant and Rory Hughes having received Not Proven verdicts will return to their club, Glasgow Warriors,” said Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson after the verdicts on Tuesday.
“Both have already been the subject of internal disciplinary action.”
A further statement from Scottish Rugby on Thursday confirmed that Grant was available for selection for club and country.
The Glasgow Warriors forward, who has played 19 times for his country since his debut in 2012 and joined the British and Irish Lions squad in 2013 as cover for Gethin Jenkins, will join the rest of the Scotland squad at BT Murrayfield on Monday ahead of their Six Nations opener against France in Paris on Saturday.
Edinburgh’s Alasdair Dickinson and Glasgow Warriors duo Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh are Scotland’s other loosehead options.