21-year-old Gray named Glasgow skipper

Date published: November 4 2015

Scotland lock Jonny Gray has been named the new club captain of Glasgow Warriors, taking over from Al Kellock, who retired from rugby at the end of last season.

The news comes a day after the reigning PRO12 champions announced that the 21-year-old has inked a new three-year contract, keeping him in Glasgow until at least May 2018. Gray has made 40 appearances for the Warriors.

The Glasgow-born second-row, who has 19 caps for Scotland, captained the club for the first time in the win over Connacht at The Sportsground last season.

"I grew up supporting Glasgow and it means a lot to have been given the opportunity to captain the club, following in the footsteps of an inspirational leader like Al (Kellock)," Gray told glasgowwarriors.org.

"It's a very special day for me and my family and I'm really looking forward to leading the team.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: "Jonny has shown leadership qualities right back to when he was in the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy and had his first taste of rugby as a professional.

"He is someone who seeks out information and relishes taking on challenges. He did very well when he captained the side last season away to Connacht, in a difficult environment.

"Al (Kellock) became the captain at a young age and grew into the role to become an outstanding leader of men. Jonny will lead in his own way but already has the respect of the playing and coaching group by the way he conducts himself.

"The captain is one aspect of our leadership group and what excites me is that there are a number of leaders in our squad, setting standards, supporting and challenging their teammates on a daily basis.

"It's great for Jonny that he knows he'll have the likes of Josh Strauss, Rob Harley, Peter Horne and Chris Fusaro supporting him."