Injured Grant Gilchrist’s Six Nations hopes fading

Edinburgh and Scotland second row Grant Gilchrist
Edinburgh and Scotland second row Grant Gilchrist
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Grant Gilchrist’s prospects of being fit for this season’s Six Nations Rugby Championship, which begins early next month with Scotland visiting France, were today effectively written off.

The 24-year-old second row, who captained Scotland on tour last summer, broke a bone in his arm playing for Edinburgh against Lyon in October which prevented him taking on the leadership of the national side for the Autumn Tests for which he had already been appointed.

Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons said today: “Gilcho won’t be back until mid-March. That’s a guestimate but things have got to be right.”

In an interview last month, Gilchrist said: “Although I won’t make the start of the Six Nations, I might be back for the later games in March.”

The Six Nations finishes on March 21 and a more likely goal now for Gilchrist is to be fit if Edinburgh can qualify for the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup.

Should Edinburgh go through – they have won four from four with two matches remaining – the quarter-final would take place during the first weekend of April.