Gray ‘not thinking about losing streak’

Date published: February 25 2016

Scotland second row Richie Gray isn't fretting over Scotland's run of nine straight defeats in the Six Nations ahead of facing Italy.

Vern Cotter's squad impressed at last year's Rugby World Cup but prior to that lost all five of the Six Nations matches in 2015.

In fact Scotland's last win in the competition was against Italy in Rome in February 2014, through a late drop goal by Duncan Weir.

Gray admitted that battling the emotions of losing a Test match was always difficult but that Scotland weren't focusing on their losing streak, and rather on how to perfect each element of their game in order to defeat Italy this weekend.

"Do I think about the losing streak? I try not to think about it too much," Gray said.

"When you play rugby, especially at international level, you invest a huge amount of emotion into it. And when you come off the back of a loss, it's tough. You sit there and get down and have to dust yourself off.

"I certainly feel emotional after a loss but you just have to come out fighting. We've not spoken about a run. We're excited to go into a tough Test match over there.

"It's an opportunity for us to go out and play our stuff and hopefully, if we can do that, we can get the win. That's what everyone is looking forward to.

"A mental barrier? I certainly think winning is a habit and an art. And I think if we can get that win and get a couple on the bounce, you will start to see a more confident side and a side that knows what it can do. A win would be huge."