Jonny Gray became the 1050th Scotland cap when he was introduced as a replacement for his brother Richie in the second-half of Scotland’s Autumn Test against South Africa in November 2013.
He was a Scottish Rugby Elite Development player, attached to Glasgow Warriors, at the time, though naturally his talents were soon rewarded with a senior contract with the club. On the 2014 summer tour, Gray enjoyed his first start for Scotland in the 21-19 win against Argentina in Cordoba.
A replacement appearance against South Africa followed before his performances banked his place in the boilerhouse in every match of the following 2014 Autumn Tests – registering his first international try in the 41-31 win over Argentina.
Jonny and brother Richie were both on the scoresheet that day, making them the last brothers to score in a Test match since Gavin and Scott Hastings, who were on the try-sheet together three times during their career (twice in 1991 – Five Nations and RCW – and in the RWC 1995).
Jonny then started each of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship and was subsequently listed as one of the nation’s two nominees for the player of the tournament award, racking up an outstanding tackle count of 84, the highest in the tournament. The lock, who turned 21 in the penultimate week of the Championship, missed only one attempted tackle throughout the tournament’s five games.
A further two starting roles followed in Scotland’s Summer Test campaign, including the 48-7 win over Italy, before being named in the 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015; starting in four out of five possibele matches.
Jonny joined Glasgow Warriors in the summer of 2012 on the back of standout displays for Hamilton and Scotland under-20.
He started his first game for the national under-20 side at age just 17 and was selected as Scotland under-20 captain for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations, and played 14 times at that level.
The younger brother of Scotland second row, Richie Gray, Jonny was named as one of the recipients of the 2012 John Macphail Scholarship and spent three months developing his rugby in New Zealand.