‘Gray one of the world’s best’ – Swinson

Date published: February 9 2017

Scotland lock Tim Swinson rates his international peer Jonny Gray as one of the best players in world rugby.

Gray has an incredible performance last weekend after the Glasgow second-rower put in an incredible 27 tackles against Ireland.

Swinson marvelled at Gray's form over the years and declared Gray one of the world's best.

"I’ve seen him do it for Glasgow for the last two and a bit years and it still doesn’t get any less impressive," Swinson told The Courier.

"He was looking really tired at the end of the game on Saturday, which says something as he never looks tired.

"It’s an unbelievable amount of work to get through during one game. A hell of a good shift.

"I place him up there amongst the world’s best second-rows. You can see over the last couple of years how massively he has grown as a leader.

Swinson then lauded Gray's contribution to the team as a leader and a player.

"Jonny isn’t the type of guy who screams or shouts. But when he speaks, people listen and he gets his point across very well.

"He’s added so much to his game and he’s playing a real different role this year. That’s now starting to come through in his performances for Scotland.

"He certainly was never bad for club nor country at any stage during his career so far but he is ever more self-assured now, a bit more forthright. That’s fantastic for him and Scotland."