Glasgow’s Jonny Gray to captain Scotland against Saxons

Glasgow Warriors lock Jonny Gray will captain Scotland A next Friday night against England Saxons at Scotstoun Stadium

Jonny Gray will captain Scotland A next Friday night against England Saxons at Scotstoun Stadium.

The 19-year-old, who won his first senior Scotland caps in November against South Africa and Australia at Murrayfield, captained Scotland U20 in last season’s Six Nations and Junior World Championship.

He is definitely one of the leaders in this squad

Shade Munro

Gray’s rising career in Scottish rugby saw him receive the John Macphail Scholarship in 2012 while with Hamilton, allowing him to spend three months developing his game in New Zealand before making his professional debut for the Glasgow Warriors in the 1872 Cup clash against Edinburgh in December 2012.

Scotland A head coach, Shade Munro, said: “Jonny is a mature player and the feedback I received from Sean Lineen [Scotland under-20 head coach] was that he was an excellent and successful captain for Scotland under-20 last year.

“He is definitely one of the leaders in this squad and at Glasgow he’s one of our line-out callers. Therefore, he is creating a skill set that is suitable to leading a team.

“The A team is about developing players and captains, so this is an excellent opportunity for him to step up.”

Gray, whose older brother Richie also developed through the Warriors ranks to become a regular in the second row for Scotland and appear for the British and Irish Lions last summer, paid tribute to his colleagues at the Warriors and U20 setup for the chance to lead his country.

He said: “It’s a massive honour to have the chance to captain Scotland A and I’m very grateful to be in the squad.

“Captaining the under-20s last year was a great experience and has brought my confidence on. I had a group of players that had played in previous years, like Mark Bennett, Adam Ashe and Will Bordill, so they were always very helpful to me and I know it’ll be the same with this group of players. Also, at Glasgow Big Al [Kellock] has been a huge influence and support to me.

“I can’t wait for next week to get into the camp and prepare for our match.”

2014 Scotland A squad

Forwards: Olly Atkins (Edinburgh Rugby), Fraser Brown, Kevin Bryce (both Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Jonny Gray, Robert Harley (both Glasgow Warriors), Allister Hogg (Newcastle Falcons), Tyrone Holmes, Ed Kalman (both Glasgow), Kieran Low (London Irish), Gordon Reid (Glasgow), Grant Shiells (Newcastle), Jon Welsh (Glasgow).

Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow), Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife (both Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), Grayson Hart (Edinburgh), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Byron McGuigan, Henry Pyrgos (both Glasgow), Greig Tonks (Edinburgh), Richie Vernon (Glasgow).

Tickets for the game at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow are on sale now and start from £10 for adults with all under-18 tickets just £5. They can be booked online at www.glasgowwarriors.org or http://www.scottishrugby.org and over the phone by calling 0844 800 3490 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

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