Richard James Gray scored his first try for Scotland in the loss to Ireland in Dublin during the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship. He was named RBS man of the match for his superb contribution in the lineout and open play to Scotland's 21-8 March 2011 Murrayfield win against Italy.
Richie made his first start for Scotland and battled manfully in adversity in the defeat to New Zealand in the EMC Autumn Test at Murrayfield in November 2010.
He had stepped up the international ladder with his debut for Scotland off the bench against France in the Six Nations opener at Murrayfield in February 2010. That followed his first appearance for Scotland A in the 38-7 victory against Tonga at Netherdale, Galashiels, in November after progress up the age-group ranks at every level from under-17 to under-20.
Richie had a winning start to captaining Scotland under-20 in March 2009 when the team beat Ireland 35-20 in the age group’s Six Nations Championship match at McDiarmid Park, Perth. Over the previous five weeks he had had impressive roles in Scotland’s wins against Wales and Italy.
He was also captain in the Worcester match against England on the final weekend of the championship, by the end of which he was among 11 players who had started for Scotland in all five championship games. He went on to play in all five of Scotland’s games in the IRB Junior World Championship in Japan, captaining the team again in the Tokyo match against England.
Richie joined Glasgow Warriors in August 2008 after having played for Scotland in internationals in Italy twice in different age groups in February that year. He was in the team who won the under-19 match at Parabagio, near Milan, and he returned to Italy less than two weeks later to make his under-20 debut at Mogliano in Scotland’s final match of that age group’s 2008 Six Nations Championship.
He played in two games in the IRB Junior World Championship in Wales in June 2008 before his tournament was cut short by injury against South Africa, but he returned to the under-20 team for the opening day of the age group’s 2009 Six Nations Championship, when Scotland beat Wales by 18-17 at McDiarmid Park, Perth. His performance in that match earned him the BBC2 Wales man-of-the-match honour.
The Kelvinside Academy former pupil has played for Scotland also at under-17 and under-18 levels as well as for Glasgow at under-15, under-16, and under-18. His under-18 internationals included the Six Nations’ Festival in Glasgow in April 2007 Richie left Sale Sharks at the end of the 2012-13 season and joined Castres.