Grant relishing All Blacks clash

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Ryan Grant might have to switch to tighthead
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Ryan Grant might have to switch to tighthead

Scotland prop Ryan Grant is unfazed at the prospect of taking on New Zealand on both sides of the scrum in Sunday's EMC Test at Murrayfield.

Grant, who has a 100% record in internationals after making his first three appearances in the June tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa, has been named to start at loosehead prop against the world champions. A propping crisis caused by injuries and Euan Murray being unavailable on Sundays, means the Glasgow Warrior may also have to switch to tighthead if Geoff Cross tires during the second half.

"We've got five capped front-row players unavailable," Grant said. "It's going to be a tough day at the office, but I'm just going to go out there and play the way I have been all season."

Grant has been packing down at tighthead in training for Glasgow and Scotland and is confident of performing there if required.

"If needs must then I'll move across and I'll deal with that when it comes," he said.

"I've slotted in a few times there for Glasgow and I have played it for three years at Edinburgh, so I'm no stranger to the position. We'll see what happens."

Grant, at 27 and with appearances for all three of Scotland's pro teams to his name - including the now defunct Borders side - is not a fresh-faced youth.

Indeed, while his team-mates enter 'Movember', growing moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer, Grant is modelling a long beard first grown after a bet with Warriors team-mate John Barclay.

"The bet's over now and I seem to be the only one that still has a beard," Grant said. "I might keep it for a little bit longer; three months of growth, I'm not just going to give it up."

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