Ris­ing starGray thanks Cam­bus

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

Scot­land international rugby player Jonny Gray has praised his youth coaches in Cam­bus­lang for get­ting him to the top of his game.

As a young­ster at Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club, Gray never felt he had a hope of play­ing rugby for the na­tional side.

But, as he grew older, that prospect seemed to get closer, es­pe­cially when his brother Richie es­tab­lished him­self in the team.

Jonny, 23, grew up in King’s Park and never stops count­ing his bless­ings – hence his ad­mi­ra­tion for the Scot­land Un­der-20s’ suc­cess at the World Rugby Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship in Ge­or­gia last week, where their 29-25 win over Wales earned them a spot in the play-off for fifth place, guar­an­tee­ing their best fin­ish.

Gray, who was part of the U-20s side that fin­ished 10th in 2013, said: “It all comes down to the grass­roots. If it wasn’t for Cam­bus­lang and the coaches there I wouldn’t be where I am to­day.

“Through­out Scot­tish rugby there is a real com­mu­nity feel­ing.

“It’s a lot of credit to the grass­roots and the acad­e­mies.”

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