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The 'top class' reason why Glasgow have re-signed Richie Gray

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Richie Gray declared himself chuffed after agreeing to a new contract extension with Glasgow ahead of the 2022/23 season. The 32-year-old Scotland and British and Irish Lions second-rower has made 77 appearances to date across his two spells at the Scotstoun club which bookend his time at Sale, Castres and Toulouse.

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“I’m chuffed to be able to re-sign,” Gray told glasgowwarriors.org. “This club means a lot to me – it is where I started my professional rugby journey and it’s an environment that makes it a real pleasure to come into training every day and go to work.

“I have really enjoyed my rugby since returning to Glasgow, and to be able to continue to pull on the Glasgow jersey is a real privilege. We have got a talented group of players at Scotstoun and I truly believe this squad is capable of some great things in the near future.”

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Gray became Danny Wilson’s first signing as Warriors head coach in early 2020 and he said: “Richie’s form has been excellent ever since he returned to Glasgow. Not only has his lineout work been top class, but he has contributed hugely around the field with a very high work rate, with and without the ball.

“He brings a wealth of experience to our squad and provides a great role model for our young group of forwards in the playing group. He is a great professional and we look forward to continuing to work closely together.”

Standing at 6ft 10ins, Gray has also represented his country with distinction in winning 67 caps for Scotland since his debut against France in the 2010 Six Nations. His displays earned him selection for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, coming off the bench to win a Test cap in the series decider.

Away from rugby, the second-rower Gray has a degree in engineering and has been working closely with his Glasgow club’s sponsors and partners, including SP Energy Networks, to further his dual career.

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