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Jonny Gray to leave Exeter Chiefs with immediate effect

Exeter Chiefs have today confirmed Scottish international Jonny Gray will leave the club with immediate effect to pursue new playing opportunities. 

The towering lock forward joined the Chiefs in 2020, and would quickly go onto become a key man in the team. Gray made 48 appearances during his time in the South West, and scored 10 tries.

He also played a big role in helping Exeter win the Premiership and Champions Cup double in 2020.

Speaking on Gray’s departure, Director of Rugby Rob Baxter said: “Jonny has been a big part of our journey in recent seasons.”

“He has been a great figure to have amongst our squad. His international experience and the physicality he brings to games – his tackle stats speak for themselves. He has experienced some injury frustration during the end of his time with us. I’m sure Jonny will do everything he can to come back stronger as he moves on to the next step of his rugby journey.”

“I’d like to thank Jonny for everything he gave to the Chiefs shirt, and I know the club and fans will join me in wishing him all the best for the future.”

Gray’s final appearance for the Chiefs came in last season’s Champions Cup semi-final, where they lost 47-28 to La Rochelle. He picked up a nasty knee injury in the defeat, which has kept him out for the entirety of this season.

Jonny Gray becomes latest Chief to head to France

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The Scottish international’s deal at Sandy Park was set to expire at the end of the current season, and RugbyPass has previously reported he was set to join Bordeaux.

A move to the South of France would see him join former Chiefs Sam Simmonds, Joe Simmonds and Jack Nowell in swapping Sandy Park for the Top 14. He would also follow a similar path to his brother Richie, who spent nearly 7 years in playing in France with spells at Castres and Toulouse.

He leaves Exeter after four years with the club.