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Scotland prop Ryan Grant hoping to make his family proud at World Cup

New father Ryan Grant knows he is missing out on some of the most special moments of his baby daughter's childhood - and that's why he plans to make every second of his World Cup campaign with Scotland count.

The Glasgow prop became a parent for the first time 14 weeks ago when little Indie was welcomed into the world.

But while his wife has been left to look after the new arrival back in Scotland the Dark Blues forward has travelled south to Gloucester, where he hopes to fight his way into Vern Cotter's starting XV for Wednesday's tournament opener with Japan.

The 29-year-old former solider is painfully aware that his family are being forced to take a back seat for these next few weeks.

However, he hopes mother and daughter will one day appreciate the sacrifices he has made.

Grant said: "It's a difficult one. There is a lot on my plate here. Do I miss my daughter? Absolutely - she's a little angel who sleeps through the night.

"But I speak to my wife every night on Facetime and I sit in the corner of the room trying to make the wee one smile.

"However, I know that this could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance. That's what's important right now.

"I've got time for my family but when it comes to rugby I'm here. This is where I need to be.

"I'm making a sacrifice being here so I know I definitely have to make the most of this. It's a lot of time spent away from the family and I don't want it to be for nothing.

"I want to make my family proud and I've got a huge opportunity. Hopefully in a year's time I can tell my daughter her daddy played really well at a World Cup."

But Grant also insists that he cannot allow that emotion to cloud his judgement ahead of a crucial three-week stint that will also see the Scots take on the US, South Africa and Samoa as they bid to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007.

"Vern has said to us that we can't carry our family on to the pitch - they are too heavy and will weigh us down," said Grant. "So we leave that in the changing room and we go out to play for our team-mates.

"Is it difficult? It can be. I sometimes write my daughter's name on my wrist. The other boys do different things. But when I'm on the pitch I have a job and that's my focus.

"Before a scrum I'm not wondering what my daughter is up to. There is no time to be worrying about whether my wife has a seat in the stand. That never enters your mind.

"After the match they are the first people I want to speak to - but not during the 80 minutes."

Grant's scrummaging prowess earned him a British and Irish Lions squad place for the tour of Australia in 2013.

But since then, the Glasgow Warrior has admittedly failed to reach the same heights with his fluctuating form.

However, Grant has no doubt he will get back to his best - and believes the World Cup is the ideal place to do it.

He said: "I definitely played my best rugby before that Lions tour and I would love to get back to that level - I will get back there.

"It hasn't been a great couple of years for me since then but nobody is more aware of that than me.

"I'll get back to it though and what a great platform I've got to do it on."


From Belfast Telegraph