Johnson: Gray faces battle for Scotland shirt

Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson believes Richie Gray is refinding the form that saw him become a British & Irish Lion last summer - but has told the lock he still has work to do. [more]

Johnson: Gray faces battle for Scotland shirt

Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson believes Richie Gray is refinding the form that saw him become a British & Irish Lion last summer – but has told the lock he still has work to do.

Gray appeared in six Tour matches last summer – including winning his first Lions cap in the series-clinching Third test  – before heading to Castres to pursue his club rugby ambitions.

Now his sights are set on a return to international rugby, but Johnson insists he is not an automatic starter after naming a second-row without Gray for the clash against Ireland on Sunday.

“Richie climbed a mountain to get on that Lions tour last summer but, by his own admission, was a slow starter, and it was the same when he got back,” he said. “But there’s been a change of form with him. 

“He’s turned the corner, but nobody has a divine right to play.

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