FieldTurf is pleased to announce a partnership with Richie Gray as its Director of Player Experience – Rugby. Gray’s experience and leadership within the global Rugby community will help FieldTurf better serve the needs of current and future clients, the company says.
This historic partnership is the launch pad for FieldTurf’s new Rugby centric innovation program – called Scrum 2.0, which is focused on gaining a deeper understanding of Rugby player preference with an objective of delivering the highest performance turf systems the sport has ever seen.
“Richie Gray is a true innovator and through his company, GSI Performance, has quite simply changed the sport of Rugby,” said FieldTurf Regional Business Director Paul Fraser. “Richie’s core values around development and innovation are keenly aligned with ours, which serves as a strong platform for this unique collaboration. We are proud to again be leading the industry in the creation of sport-specific solutions, this time for rugby.”
“Partnering with FieldTurf was an easy decision for me and my company”, said Gray. “Having experienced their product first-hand and understanding FieldTurf’s commitment to innovation and customer service, makes this an exciting opportunity. FieldTurf is the clear leader and I look forward to helping them better serve the Rugby market”.
Gray is currently the Skills/Contact Coach at Montpellier Herault Rugby in The French Top 14 League. He was the Skills/Breakdown Coach from 2013-2016 for The Springboks and The Blitzbokke South African 7s Team. He consulted to his home country of Scotland for the 2016 & 2017 seasons and in 2016 also consulted to Miami Dolphins for the 2016 season. Through his Company, he has rewritten key coaching methodology for a range of collision sports and has also developed over 30 Technical Training Aids to assist and develop player performance and technique. Gray’s products are used globally by the top teams within Rugby Union, Rugby League and the NFL.