Grant cleared to return to Scots squad
Ryan Grant, the loose-head prop from Fife who made two non-Test starts for the Lions on their victorious tour of Australia in 2013, was yesterday drafted into the Scotland squad ahead of the Six Nations match against France in Paris this weekend.
The 29-year-old Glasgow forward had been left out of the original party because he faced court proceedings on an assault charge, but the case against him was found not proven - a verdict that led to an immediate call-up from Vern Cotter.
France coach Philippe Saint Andre fleshed out his squad by summoning eight players on the strength of their domestic league displays: two of them from the high-performing Parisian side Racing Métro, the full-back Brice Dulin and the flanker Wenceslas Lauret; two from Toulouse, the midfielder Gaël Fickou and the back-rower Yannick Nyanga; a couple of wings in Noa Nakaitaci of Clermont Auvergne and Sofiani Guitoune of Perpignan; the Castres centre Rémi Lamerat; and the Stade Français lock Alexandre Flanquart.
Meanwhile, the uncapped 21-year-old Exeter playmaker Henry Slade was training with England squad yesterday following an impressive contribution to the second-string Saxons' victory over the Irish Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday night.