John Gray (sportsman)

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John Gray
Personal information
Full name John Denis Gray
Born (1948-10-09) 9 October 1948 (age 68)
Meriden, Warwickshire, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19??–73 Coventry
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1973 England 7s
Rugby league
Position Prop, Hooker, Second-row, Loose forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1973–75 Wigan 60 6 122 0 262
1975–77 North Sydney 44 5 112 0 259
1978–80 Manly-Warringah 50 4 68 0 148
1981–83 North Sydney 44 5 96 0 209
Total 198 20 398 0 878
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975 England 3 0 4 0 8
1974 Great Britain 8 1 18 1 40
Source: RLP Yesterday's Hero

John Denis Gray (born 9 October 1948)[1] is an English cricketer, and rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, playing cricket for Warwickshire, and Marylebone Cricket Club, as a left-hand bat, and left-arm medium-fast bowler, playing representative rugby union (RU) for England (7s), and at club level for Coventry R.F.C., as a Hooker, i.e. number 2, and playing representative rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Wigan, North Sydney Bears (twice), and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, as a Prop, Hooker, Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 8 or 10, 9, 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums.

Born in Meriden, Warwickshire on 9 October 1948, John Gray was a pupil at Woodlands Comprehensive School, Coventry. He represented England (RU) in the 1973 International Seven-A-Side Tournament.

Gray switched to rugby league with English club Wigan and played at prop forward, scoring 4 conversions in their 19-9 victory over Salford in the 1973 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington, on Saturday 13 October 1973.[2] Gray won caps for England (RL) while at Wigan in 1975 against France, and Wales, in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against France,[3] and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Wigan in 1974 against France (sub) (2 matches), Australia (2 matches), Australia (sub), and New Zealand (3 matches).[4] Gray was one of the first players to introduce the now routine round-the-corner style of goal kicking to Australia, he won the 1976 Amco Cup 'superstar' prize for player of the competition, he was the 1982 Dally M Award winning Hooker, a series of broken forearms, and constant back pain ended his career in 1983.

John Gray was named on the bench in the North Sydney Bears Team of the Century.


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "1973-1974 Lancashire Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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