Alex Gray (rugby union)

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Alex Gray
No. 89 – Atlanta Falcons
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1991-05-01) May 1, 1991 (age 27)
Bishop Auckland, England
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
Undrafted: 2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Alexander "Alex" Gray (born 1 May 1991) is a British American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL), and a former rugby union player for England Sevens, Newcastle Falcons, London Irish, and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Rugby union career

Alex Gray
Date of birth (1991-05-01) 1 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Bishop Auckland, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 105 kg (16 st 7 lb)[1]
School Barnard Castle School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010-2011
2011-2013
2016-2017
Newcastle Falcons
London Irish
Yorkshire Carnegie
9
29
8
(5)
(10)
(5)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010-2011 England U20 7 (25)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2013-2016 England Sevens

Club career

Gray was a product of Newcastle Falcons Academy and signed a two-year first team contract at the age of just 17. His primary position is number eight, but he can also play openside flanker. It was announced that the back-rower joined London Irish on 8 August 2011.[2]

After finishing the England Sevens commitment in the summer of 2016, Gray signed for Yorkshire Carnegie for 2016/17 season.[3]

International career

The former Barnard Castle School Schoolboy has captained England to Grand Slams at both Under-16s and 18s levels, making his Under-18s debut three years young when they toured Australia in 2007. He then skippered the Under-18s through a clean sweep in the 2008 Home Nations tournament, before leading them to six wins from six on their summer tour to Argentina. 2009 saw more success at age group level as he led England 18s again.

Gray made his England Sevens debut in 2013. Subsequently, he was named as 2015 RPA Sevens Player of the Year.

In May 2016, Gray was included in extended Great Britain Sevens squad in preparation for the Rio Olympics.[4]

NFL career

Gray signed with National Football League club Atlanta Falcons on 25 May 2017, leaving rugby to pursue a career in American football.[5] He was signed as a practice squad player after attending the NFL Combine and tryouts in Florida through the NFL's International Player Pathway program. Under the rules governing this scheme, teams in the NFC South division receive one extra practice squad position specifically for an international player, but these players cannot be activated during the season following their signing.[6] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Falcons on January 15, 2018.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Ariva Premiership Rugby - Newcastle Falcons". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "London Irish sign Alex Gray from Newcastle Falcons". BBC Sport. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Three new signings for Yorkshire Carnegie". www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain Sevens pick Allen, Bennett & Simpson". 12 May 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  5. ^ Bennetts, Julian (25 May 2017). "Former England Sevens star Alex Gray swaps rugby for American Football to sign one-year deal with Atlanta Falcons" – via www.telegraph.co.uk. 
  6. ^ Hamilton, Tom (25 May 2017). "England sevens star Alex Gray signs for Atlanta Falcons practice squad". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ McFadden, Will (January 15, 2018). "Falcons announce signing of nine players to reserve future contracts". AtlantaFalcons.com. 

External links

  • Statbunker profile
  • Yorkshire Carnegie profile
  • ESPN Scrum profile


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