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Gray to skipper Scotland A

23rd January 2014 13:03


Jonny Gray Scotland Under-20s 2013

Skipper: Jonny Gray

Scotland and Glasgow Warriors lock, Jonny Gray, will captain Scotland A next Friday as they take on England Saxons at Scotstoun.

The 19-year-old won his first caps last November, for the Scotland national team, against South Africa and Australia at Murrayfield and previously captained Scotland U20 in last season's Six Nations and Junior World Championship.

"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," said Scotland A coach Shade Munro.

"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."

For Gray, it has been the people around him in Scotland U20 and at Glasgow Warriors that he believes to have helped him to receive this golden opportunity.

"It's a massive honour to have the chance to captain Scotland A and I'm very grateful to be in the squad," said Gray.

"Captaining the U20s 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."

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