By Charles Patterson
Last Updated: 11/07/20 1:07pm
Richie Gray says establishing himself with Glasgow Warriors is more important at the moment than a recall to the Scotland squad.
The 30-year old has came ultimately back to Glasgow after eight years playing club rugby in England and France, but the lock, capped 65 times, hasn’t played for his country since 2018.
Gray declined the opportunity to participate Gregor Townsend’s squad for last autumn’s World Cup, but says he is available to a come back to the international arena in the right circumstances.
“I’ve not had massive conversations with Gregor, and that is not my focus at this moment in time,” said Gray. “A large amount of people have asked the question, but first of all it’s about getting right back with Glasgow, training well, playing well and then from then on we’ll see what happens.
“I’ve never shut the entranceway on that, and there have been conversations… properly, I say discussions, it was a lot more “how you are doing, how are you getting on” before the Six Nations, but regrettably I had not been in a position to enjoy. I’ve most certainly not closed the entranceway on Scotland.
“There’s plenty of strength in addition to depth within the Scottish next row, so that it would be unreasonable for me personally to think I could just travel back into that – you will also find strength in addition to depth within the Glasgow next row, thus I’ve obtained a lot of job to do prior to I can also start considering that.
“I’d certainly desire I can continue to compete in which level, nevertheless my concern is Glasgow at this moment with time, and I’m focused on getting ready for the video games coming up inside August.”
Gray is back inside training together with Glasgow since they prepare typically the restart in the PRO14, that is provisionally arranged for August 22.
There is a chance Glasgow may face Edinburgh upon typically the competition’s resumption at Murrayfield in front of a small number of proponents, with a preliminary event to try procedures close to social removing currently being talked about by the SRU and Scottish Government.
Gray said: “I read nowadays that clearly if points continue to increase, then [having fans in the stadium] would be excellent, but I believe it’s one among these things that people need to get on with. I’ve never enjoyed behind closed doors prior to, so it will be strange, nevertheless I think that will everyone’s merely keen to have back on the frequency, playing game and get some contact.
“Going up against Edinburgh would be excellent because they are competitors, so might be after a few minutes of it becoming a bit unusual, you’re totally focused on the game anyway. Fans make the activity, I think that is for each sport, in addition to we’ll definitely miss these people, but you can get involved the area and we will just have to break on by it.
“I certainly desire we can all be well prepared for August 22; wish working hard to have there nevertheless who knows. If you look in the football participants, there’s might be been some rust right now there, but then within the Super Rugby in New Zealand all of them hit the floor running.”
After eight yrs playing their club game outside Scotland, Gray, who had been capped for the British and Irish Lions inside 2013 inside Australia, results with great experience and also a winning attitude to Glasgow after becoming part of the Toulouse team that will won France’s Top 14 in 2019.
“Why have got I came back to Glasgow now? The birth of our son clearly changed several things, so I wished to come home and stay near relatives and buddies,” he said. “I’ve adopted Glasgow strongly over the last 8 seasons in addition to, with exactly how well they are yet to done in Europe and their fresh Scotstoun foundation, I really wished to be a part of that will.
“Glasgow are among the best, or even the best targeting side within the PRO14, in addition to [new head coach] Danny Wilson would like to continue with this part of the GENETIC MATERIAL within the membership. He would like to tighten up typically the defence at the same time, but retain what’s proved helpful before although making small improvements.
“I definitely think inside Europe, they may be knocking on the door. It’s about with regards to those opportunities to get through towards the knockout levels; getting in that will environment, it is a chronic thing and in the end you development on, and so i believe Glasgow are very well placed to accomplish this.
“I’ve changed a lot as a player, and played with some of the best in the world – Cheslin Kolbe, Jerome Kaino, Antoine Dupont… I’ve learnt a lot from them as well. The last couple of seasons at Toulouse were pretty successful, and winning is a habit – it’s very enjoyable and I would love to continue to win! I certainly hope I can continue to do that here.”