Richie Gray (rugby player)

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Richie Gray
Richie Gray 2016.jpg
Full name Richard James Gray
Nickname Too Tall
Date of birth (1989-08-24) 24 August 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 ½ in)[1]
Weight 126 kg (19 st 12 lb; 278 lb)
School Kelvinside Academy
Notable relative(s) Jonny Gray (brother)
Spouse Ellie McKeating (fiancée)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2008–2012
2012–2013
2013–2016
2016–
Glasgow Warriors
Sale Sharks
Castres Olympique
Toulouse
47
16
45
29
(20)
(5)
(10)
(10)
Correct as of 28 August 2016
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2010–
2013
Scotland
British and Irish Lions
64
1
(15)
(0)
Correct as of 12 March 2017

Richie Gray (born 24 August 1989) is a Scottish international rugby union player, who is signed to Toulouse.

He is easily recognised on the pitch due to his height, standing at 6ft 10in, and his long, peroxide blond hairstyle.

Club career[edit]

Gray began his club career at Glasgow Warriors, and was named in the Pro12 Dream Team at the end of the 2010/11 season. It was announced in November 2011 that Gray would be leaving Glasgow Warriors at the end of the 2011–12 season, having agreed to sign for the Sale Sharks.[2] In May 2013 it was announced that he would leave Sharks and had signed a three-year deal with French team Castres Olympique.[3]

On 24 November 2015, Gray agreed a four-year deal with Top 14 rivals Toulouse from the 2016–17 season.[4]

International career[edit]

A former Kelvinside Academy student, he has represented Scotland at every age group from under-17 through to the senior sides, winning his first cap as an international as a substitute in the 2010 Six Nations Championship match against France.[5] His first international start came against New Zealand during the 2010 Autumn test series.[6] He scored his first international try in a Six Nations game against Ireland in March 2012. Gray's 2013 Six Nations got off to a good start with Scotland beating Italy and Ireland, but during the match against Wales at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, he was injured and taken off the field. It was later revealed that he pulled a hamstring and was taken off the pitch as a precaution.[7]

He was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. He took a knock to the shoulder in the game against Combined Country, but went on to play a part in the final test against Australia, being part of a winning Lions series team.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/scotland/player/34128
  2. ^ "Scotland second-row Richie Gray to join Sale Sharks". BBC Sport. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Site officiel CASTRES OLYMPIQUE". Castres-olympique.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Clive (24 November 2015). "Richie Gray: Scotland lock agrees deal with Toulouse". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "The end of the private school rugger boy? How the win over Argentina showed the changing face of Scottish rugby". Daily Record. 10 Nov 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Rees, Paul (11 February 2011). "Six Nations 2011: Scotland's Richie Gray used Guscott flak to drive him on". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - Scotland's Richie Gray out for two months with hamstring injury". BBC. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Lions 2013: Scotland lock Richie Gray aims to reign again as he returns to scene of the sublime with tourists". Telegraph. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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