Scotland lock Richie Gray ready for New Zealand challenge

Last Updated: 09/11/12 2:13pm

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Richie Gray: Recovered from ankle injury and raring to go against New Zealand

Richie Gray: Recovered from ankle injury and raring to go against New Zealand

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Scotland lock Richie Gray is in a positive frame of mind as he prepares to return from injury to take on world champions New Zealand at Murrayfield on Sunday.

An ankle problem has ruled out Gray of late, with his last game coming in Sale's Heineken Cup win over Cardiff Blues on 14 October.

But despite not playing a competitive game since then he was named in Scotland head coach Andy Robinson's starting side on Tuesday before passing a fitness test and he is keen to return to action.

"I managed to get my ankle right so I'm fit and raring to go," he said.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks, just trying to get my ankle back to where I wanted it to be.

"Thankfully I got it right in time to face New Zealand. It's an opportunity that doesn't come around too often. It will be a pretty tough shift but I'm looking forward to it.

"It's about getting in their faces, putting them under a lot of pressure and, in defence, work rate, working really hard for each other and doing that for 80 minutes."

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