Ryan Grant admits he owes his Scotland call-up to Glasgow Warriors, having rediscovered his confidence since moving from RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Edinburgh two years ago.
The 27-year-old claims he considered his future in the game during his spell at Murrayfield, but with World Cup winners New Zealand next to visit the national stadium it’s reminded Grant just how far he’s come.
The former soldier was handed his first international cap against Australia in the summer, but after being announced by head coach Andy Robinson as a starter on Sunday he can’t wait to get stuck into his latest mission.
“I didn’t think I would ever be back at Murrayfield playing rugby again, let alone for Scotland,” Grant told the Scottish Daily Record.
“Coming towards the end of my time at Edinburgh I was thinking about not playing rugby again.
“I’m so grateful and so happy it has worked out. But when I left Edinburgh I would have said I didn’t have a hope of ever playing for Scotland.
“However, moving to Glasgow gave me game time and that’s what sparked things for me.
“I was short of confidence and I needed to get out there and test myself again.
“I was suddenly playing week in week out for a professional side and my confidence began to build.
“People had a lot of confidence in me at Glasgow and I am so grateful for this chance.”