Scotland calls up player who trained with England last year

November 12, 2018

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — A year after getting a call-up by England for a training camp ahead of the Six Nations, Gary Graham has been selected in Scotland’s squad for its remaining November tests as an injury replacement.

The back-row forward was summoned by Scotland on Monday following an injury to Blade Thomson.

Graham, 27, never played for England after getting called up on residency grounds at the end of 2017. He was born in Scotland and played for its under-20 team but lived in England for most of his childhood.

Graham says “I’m Scottish through and through, but England asked me first as I’m eligible through residency. It would have been a silly opportunity to pass up, as I hadn’t been selected for a Scotland squad since U20s.”

Graham said, however, that he “always wanted to play for my country.”

Scotland plays South Africa on Saturday.


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