Grant Gilchrist waits on World Cup decision

Grant Gilchrist is hoping to play for Scotland at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Grant Gilchrist admits no news may be good news as he waits to learn if he will make Scotland's World Cup squad.

The Edinburgh lock and the rest of the Dark Blues squad are expected to be informed on Sunday afternoon by head coach Vern Cotter on whether they have made his 31-man squad for next month's tournament.

Details of the Kiwi's selection will not be announced until Tuesday at a glitzy event staged at Edinburgh University's historic Old College Quad.

But with the players not making the cut expected to be informed first, Gilchrist admits he will be hoping his phone does not ring too soon.

Gilchrist, who returned to Scotland's line-up on Saturday - as they beat Italy 48-7 after missing out through illness in Turin last week - said: "Obviously I'm hopeful of making the squad but there are a lot of great guys in my position. There is a lot of competition.

"I'd like to think though that I'd done enough to make the 31 but I'll have to wait and see along with all the other guys. That's the great thing about this squad. There are so many options that the coaches are going to have a really difficult decision on their hands.

"Vern has said he will be in touch with people on Sunday. It will be done by phone call I imagine, so it will be a nervy wait.

"I don't know if a phone call is a bad thing maybe. If you don't hear anything it might not be a bad thing, because I'm as nervy as the other 40-odd guys to go to the World Cup.

"It's a dream for all of us to make the squad and represent Scotland on this massive stage but the sad reality is that the chance won't be there for everyone.

"I'm not sure what I'll do while I wait for the news. I'm a bit sore after Saturday's match with Italy so I'll probably just put my feet up and rest. Maybe I'll go out and see a bit of the festival to take my mind off it.

"It will be an anxious wait and I'll be keeping everything crossed I make it. If I do hear anything, hopefully it will be good news."

Gilchrist was relieved to get another chance to prove himself to Cotter ahead of the tournament during Saturday's thrashing of the Italians after he was forced to hand back the captain's armband in Turin last week.

He was due to skipper the side against the Azzurri at the Olympic Stadium but suffered a sickness bug on the day of the game, ruling him out of the 16-12 win.

It was another blow to the 25-year-old after a broken arm cost him the chance of leading the team out during last year's autumn Tests.

"It was disappointing to miss out on leading the team out in Turin," said Gilchrist. "The illness struck on the day of the game and I was starting to think I was cursed after missing out in the autumn with my arm.

"But it was great to get out there on Saturday in front of such an amazing crowd.

"We were obviously delighted with the result but in this instance we are keeping our feet on the ground. This was only a warm-up game and nothing has been achieved yet.

"Winning is great but we can't get ahead of ourselves. We've won two games which is brilliant but there will be things we still have to improve on."