England and Scotland go head-to-head in battle to call up flanker

  • The 25-year-old was selected for last week’s England training camp in Brighton
  • Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has now contacted the Stirling-born No 7
  • Graham is eligible for both England and Scotland until his first senior Test
Gary Graham has described his father George as the “most passionate Scot he’s met”, but says he was “proud” of his son’s shock call-up to the England squad.

There was some disbelief north of the Border last week when the Stirling-born former Scotland Under-20 international was named in a 34-man squad by England coach Eddie Jones to take part in a new year training camp.

But the Mail on Sunday has reported Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has now contacted the 25-year-old.

Graham, whose father won 25 Scottish caps, has already represented Scotland Under-20s but is eligible for either nation until his first senior Test.

“I’ve only been in the Premiership since the start of the season.” said Graham.

“I was happy with my progress, but I didn’t think anyone else was. “My dad was my rugby hero and I always hoped I would be something like him.


“He is the most passionate Scot I’ve ever met in my life, but he wanted to play at the highest level he could and so do I. I was brought up in England and I’d really like to play for England.

“They are second in the world and they have aspirations of making it to the top. Ultimately that’s where every player wants to be. Dad is really proud. He’s happy for me.”

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