Kellock: Gray must focus on Warriors

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Nov 2011

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Glasgow captain Al Kellock has urged his second-row partner Richie Gray to finish his Warriors career on a high after the highly-rated lock agreed a move to English side Sale Sharks.

Gray will join fellow Scottish internationals Richie Vernon and Alasdair Dickinson at Edgeley Park at the end of the season after establishing himself as one of rugby’s hottest properties with some blockbusting performances in the RaboDirect PRO12.

But Kellock is adamant fears of a mass exodus from Scotland are unfounded and told the 22-year-old to knuckle down for the remainder of the season at Firhill.

The Warriors face English Premiership side Bath in their Heineken Cup opener on Sunday and Kellock knows Richie and co will have to be at their best against the 1998 winners.

“Richie knows he has got a big season ahead of him and he wants to leave on a high,” said Kellock.

“I am disappointed he is going on a personal note and for Glasgow. These things happen – it is professional sport and he was always going to get offers.

“We know it is going to be a step up but we are really excited to be playing a team that we do not play very often. There’s a definite air of excitement.

“It will take our best performance. We will have to be at our best to compete against these big English Premiership teams. 

“It is about us as well and in those Gloucester and Wasps games we went out there and played our best rugby. We did not sit back to see what they had to offer – we stamped our game on them and we have to do that again.”