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Richie Gray joins Springboks coaching team

Scotsman Richie Gray will work alongside Heyneke Meyer

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Article Published: Thursday 1 May 2014|

The South African Rugby Union have signed up Scotsman Richie Gray as a breakdown consultant for the Springboks.

The former Gala captain Richie Gray has joined the Springboks coaching staff on a two year contract.

Forty-four-year-old Gray will act as a breakdown consultant for the South African national rugby team , having made an impact in the role last year.

The Springboks' rucking technique improved markedly during the 2013 Rugby Championship and their end of year tour of Europe in the Autumn.

"It's a big job, looking at the breakdown area. It fits into pretty much the whole plan in attack and defence," Gray told the BBC.

South Africa's Springboks are ranked second on the IRB rankings and Gray, who spent 12 years working for the Scottish Rugby Union will be coaching the Boks beyond the Rugby World Cup in England next year.

"(Head coach) Heyneke Meyer targeted that area to work on last year," he added.

"The South Africans are huge men with a phenomenal mauling, line-out and scrummaging game but maybe one area they were slightly weaker in was, breakdown-wise, body height, coping at that level.

"There is always huge pressure to do well. You've got 50 million people and rugby is an absolute way of life. Sometimes, even when you win it's not good enough - you've got to win well.

"It's been a real challenge but they have such great athletes right across the board."

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