Richie Gray (rugby player)

Richie Gray
Full name Richard James Gray
Date of birth (1989-08-24) 24 August 1989
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)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Glasgow Hawks
Stirling County
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Glasgow Warriors
Sale Sharks
Castres Olympique
correct as of 28 August 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 26 November 2016.

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

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. In May 2013 it was announced that he would leave Sharks and had signed a three-year deal with French team Castres Olympique.[2]

On 24 November 2015, Gray agreed a four-year deal with Top 14 rivals Toulouse from the 2016–17 season.[3]

International career

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. His first international start came against New Zealand during the 2010 Autumn test series.[4] 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.[5]

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.


  2. "Site officiel CASTRES OLYMPIQUE". Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  3. "Richie Gray: Scotland lock agrees deal with Toulouse". BBC Sport. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. 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.
  5. "BBC Sport - Scotland's Richie Gray out for two months with hamstring injury". BBC. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
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