UK Armed Forces Rugby has today joined forces with Scotland rugby union international, and 2013 British and Irish Lions Ryan Grant. Grant is the latest addition to a growing number of elite ambassadors who will work to support and grow the UKAF brand.
Educated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Grant is a former Royal Signals man, serving as an Area System Operator from 2002 to 2005. Clearly a star in the making, during his time in the Army he played for what was then the Combined Services’ Under-21 team. A man who understands the true value of Service rugby, Grant scored the clinching try for the Army in their 23-13 victory against the Royal Navy at Portsmouth in 2005, a result that secured the Inter-Services Under-21 Championship for his team. We are delighted to bring this determination and winning mentality back into the UKAF fold.
As a professional, Grant has had a superb playing career. He made his Scotland debut in the first Test of the 2012 summer tour, starting in a 9-6 victory over Australia in New South Wales and continued to start in the further two wins over Fiji and Samoa. Two appearances in the Autumn Tests followed later that year before starting in each of Scotland’s 2013 RBS 6 Nations matches. He then earned a call up to the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia before returning to feature in all of Scotland’s Autumn Test matches, and starting each of the following year’s RBS 6 Nations matches once again.
Grant’s performances in the following season, which saw him help Glasgow Warriors to the PRO12 title, on top of a further five appearances for his country, were enough to secure a place in the 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015, featuring twice, as a replacement and as the starting prop in the Pool wins over USA and Japan respectively.
A winner in every respect, Grant is the embodiment of Armed Forces Rugby. His contribution will no doubt be an inspiration to the players and wider UKAF team. We are delighted to welcome him on board!