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Renewed interest for Glasgow Warriors lock Gray

By RugbyPass
Is Jonny Gray headed for the South of France

Jonny Gray could be following teammate Finn Russell out the door after reports of ‘concrete interest’ from English Championship side Bristol.

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There are reports that Bristol have made a substantial offer for the 23-year-old lock whose contract with Glasgow runs out at the end of this season.

The news will be a worry to head coach Dave Rennie who will be without the services of Russell next season after it was revealed on Sunday that he had received an offer from another club and would not be renewing his contract. Unconfirmed reports suggest the fly-half will be joining Racing 92.

It is believed that as things stand it is a 50-50 decision whether Gray will stay or leave but confirmation of a decision is expected before Christmas.

Gray made his Warriors debut in December 2012, earning himself 77 appearances for the club and helping them to the Pro12 title for the first time in 2015. He has also won 37 Scotland caps since making his first Test appearance in 2013.

If the move goes ahead it will be a continuing trend for Pat Lam coached Bristol who were relegated from the Premiership last season and who have since set about bolstering their squad with big-name players. A few of those they have signed are former Leinster out-half Ian Madigan, former All Blacks Steven Luatua and Charles Piatau, who will join the team from Ulster next season.

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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