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World-renowned breakdown specialist joins Flying Fijians

World-renowned breakdown specialist joins Flying Fijians

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 11/08/2020
Richie Gray to join the Flying Fijians coaching team [image: SA Rugbymag]

World-renowned breakdown specialist Richie Gray who was previously the Springboks Assistant Coach has confirmed that he is joining the Flying Fijians coaching team on a short term contract.

Gray is the latest to join the Flying Fijians coaching team which already includes former All Blacks centre Daryl Gibson, Crusaders forwards coach Jason Ryan, and ex-International Test referee Glen Jackson.

They will work with Flying Fijians Coach Vern Cotter for the Northern Hemisphere eight-nations tournament, which puts the Flying Fijians against England, Wales, and Ireland, as well as Japan.

Gray was the Skills and Contact Coach under Cotter at Montpellier.

He is one of the world’s leading breakdown coaches, having devised his own training equipment, the focus of his business, GSI Performance.

Gray spent three years working with the South Africa 7s team and the Springboks, as well as his native Scotland for two seasons.

His expertise around collision sports extends to more than rugby.

Gray created the Gray Tackle System equipment which is currently being used in the NFL, and he also worked as a consultant for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

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