Gala’s Richie Gray, pictured,has re-signed with the Springboks until the end of 2015, writes Fiona Scott.
Gray has been working with the South African national side since July 2013, when he joined them for the Rugby Championship and Northern Hemisphere Tour, concentrating on attacking and defensive breakdown work.
Gray had a huge influence on the way the Springboks developed as they ended the Championship with the best ball retention and turnover statistics of all the teams.
Founder and sole owner of Global Sports Innovation (GSI), Gray is regarded, through his innovative work with specific training equipment for rugby union, as one of the foremost thinkers of coaching methods relating to the breakdown area, with his company at the forefront of changing the mindset behind technical training aids for collision sports.
Gray studied physical education, majoring in skill acquisition, at Heriot-Watt University before working for the Scottish Rugby Union for 12 years where he was involved in all aspects of development and coach education.
He set up the first professional rugby academy in Scotland, linked to the Border Reivers team.