Jonny Gray’s Bordeaux-Begles switch is confirmed

Second-row will hope France switch can rejuvenate career after an injury-ravaged 15 months

Jonny Gray has joined Bordeaux-Begles after leaving Exeter Chiefs in April. Image: © Craig Watson -
Jonny Gray has joined Bordeaux-Begles after leaving Exeter Chiefs in April. Image: © Craig Watson -

JONNY GRAY has joined Bordeaux-Begles, beaten finalists in last season’s French Top 14. The 30-year-old’s departure from Exeter Chiefs by mutual agreement was announced in April, and his switch to southwestern France was widely rumoured at that point, but his recruitment was only officially confirmed earlier today.

The 77-times capped second-row will hope that the move helps rejuvenate his career after a frustrating, injury-ravaged last 15-months.

He made 48 Chiefs appearances after moving to Devon from Glasgow Warriors in 2020, scoring 10 tries, but has been out of action since dislocating a knee-cap during Exeter’s Champions Cup semi-final defeat at La Rochelle last April.

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  1. Perfect timing: he can have a blazing season in France, kill it in the 6 Nations and then inexplicably not get picked for the next Lions tour.

  2. Having been off on a bender with Lord Lucan for months, it’s great to see him fit and back in the news once more. This move was reported some time ago, but confirmation is fantastic news for him, Bordeaux and Scotland. Gray Jnr, Cummings, Henderson, Craig, Williamson, Young – the future of our second row is looking good, even with the not-far-off departure of those stalwarts Gray Senior and Gilchrist. Now please Big Yin, can you do the same for our front row?!

  3. That’s a surprise however really glad for him, that’s a move to a top team. Lets hope we can see him back to full fitness and back in the Scotland fold.

  4. Yes, would be great to see him get back to the kind of stand-out form that saw him captaining Warriors at such a young age and attracting the big move to Devon.

  5. Looks like a great move. Hope he can get some injury free time, rediscover his form and make it back to the Scotland squad.


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