jonny gray

When did you take up rugby?

My friend’s dad took me along to Cambuslang rugby club when I was seven and I stayed with them until I was 16. I was hooked straightaway.

Have you always played in the second row?

I’m a wannabe back-row and played No 8 when I was younger.

What has it been like following your brother Richie into the sport?

He’s about five years older than me but we’ve always supported each other and he’s really good with giving me advice. I’ve had a bit of stick about being his brother, but we don’t look so alike now that I’ve stopped dyeing my hair!

Who do you admire?

Martin Johnson, Paul O’Connell and Al Kellock. Al has been an amazing mentor at the Warriors.

When did you get involved with Scotland?

I played U18s, then U20s last year and this year.

How did you find your league debut for Glasgow in December?

It’s been a dream to play for them since I was a boy. I’m still learning every day in training and I just want to continue improving and keep enjoying my rugby.

RW Verdict: Still only 18, and with a big act to follow within his own family, Gray has made a great start.

This was published in the March 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.