Jonny Gray

About Jonny
DOB 14/03/1994
Born Rutherglen
Height 6ft 6in / 1.98m
Weight 18st 8lbs / 120kg

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Previous Club Glasgow Warriors
Honours Scotland, Scotland U18s, U20s

Scottish international Jonny Gray was the headline signing for the Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2020/21 season, joining the club from Scottish side, Glasgow Warriors.

The younger brother of Scottish and British and Irish Lion international Richie Gray, he started playing rugby at the age of seven for Cambuslang Rugby Club where he progressed from the mini section through to first XV regular at the age of 16.

As he explains: "I’d gone down to Cambuslang Rugby Club with my friend Roy and his dad Chick. We started off playing football and used the rugby posts as goals, then Chick came out from the clubhouse and brought out a rugby ball," explained Gray.

“My first game I thought I scored a try diving over the line, only to realise I was on the halfway line! I had absolutely no clue what was going on.

“I owe a lot to Cambuslang for all they’ve done for me and I wouldn’t be where I was today if it wasn’t for them. I remember playing out on the pitches at half-time at a Glasgow game at Hughenden when I was a wee guy and it’s nice to see the kids doing the same at Scotstoun.”

There was no way that he was going to be content with just being the half-time entertainment at Glasgow matches, though.

“It’s always been Glasgow for me,” said the second-rower. “When Rich signed for Glasgow I started to watch a bit more and go through to games, and I couldn’t be prouder watching him. It’s something I thought I’d never be able to do, and I couldn’t believe it when I got asked to join the squad – Rich has always been a role model to me, and to follow in his footsteps meant a lot. Growing up seeing how hard he trained and the extras he did showed me how hard I was going to have to work for it.”

Having joined the Warriors in 2012, Gray would spend eight successful years with the club, amassing 110 appearances, and helping play a prominent role as they claimed a maiden Pro12 title triumph during the 2014/15 season.

At just 21 years of age, Gray was named captain of Glasgow Warriors in November 2015, taking over from recently retired mentor Alastair Kellock. He became a co-captain with Henry Pyrgos for the 2016-17 season but following the arrival of Dave Rennie as Warriors Head Coach the club has reverted to a sole captaincy. For the 2017-18 season Rennie named Ryan Wilson as captain though Gray remains in the leadership group.

In January 2020, it was confirmed that Gray would join the Chiefs on a two-year contract, joining up with his Scotland team-mates Stuart Hogg, Sam Skinner and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

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