Kellock Era Dream Team – Second Row

Jonny Gray
(40 games, 4 tries)

The early whispers that reached Firhill and Scotstoun about Jonny Gray were that here was a second row who was even better than his big brother. While not as tall as his extravagantly coiffured sibling he’d been playing rugby since a much younger age, leading teams and looking like a serious player. Arriving in the Glasgow side as an 18 year old it was immediately clear he was physically and mentally ready to play professional rugby and thrive. This was ably demonstrated by an outstanding, Man of the Match performance against Leinster in his first home start for the club. The heir apparent to Big Al’s role as leader, motivator and spokesperson his development has been one of the undoubted highlights for Warriors fans over the last few seasons and his elevation to the captaincy came as no surprise – even at just 21 years of age.

Al Kellock (c)
(157 games, 5 tries)

On 5th May 2006 Glasgow announced the signing of Alastair David Kellock from Edinburgh. At that point the Warriors were officially the worst team in the then Celtic League having finished bottom of the pile in the 2005/06 season. 9 years later, on 2nd April 2015 Big Al announced his retirement from rugby with the club sitting proudly in first place atop the Guinness Pro 12.

During his time at the club Al played 157 games (the most for any Glasgow player in that period), captaining the side on 151 occasions. He scored 5 tries in the process – which doesn’t sound a lot but equates to 1 try every 30.8 games – a strike rate that Pat MacArthur, for one, can only dream about. Even in his final year he still made a hefty contribution to the side’s success – and not just in term of his leadership. His tackle completion percentage was third among all Glasgow forwards. He had more lineout takes per 80 minutes than any other player and the most lineout steals overall.

Al quite simply was, and always will be, The Captain.

Only players who featured during the Kellock era were considered. Voting was by the members of the forum. All stats relate only to the period 2006-2015 when big Al was leading the Warriors.

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