Jonny Gray says it was a “surreal” experience as he helped Exeter Chiefs win the Heineken Champions Cup with a 31-27 win over Racing 92, but says it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work by the English club.

Chiefs on Saturday became only the fourth English club to win a domestic and European double after beating Wasps 19-13 at Twickenham to lift the Gallagher Premiership title.

Speaking after the Champions Cup win, the former Calderglen High School pupil couldn’t contain his joy at a win that was 10 years in the making for the club.

Gray (right) helped Chiefs win the Gallagher Premiership, meaning Exeter are one of only four English clubs to win a domestic and European double in the same season

But he will never forget his roots, and is extremely grateful to Calderglen High School - and in particular Richie Maxton – and Cambuslang Rugby Club for the grounding they have given him in the sport.

Scotland star Gray told Lanarkshire Live Sport: “It was unreal – the whole day, the whole occasion – and for me I was very lucky to be a part of this team and to be involved.

“If you look at the journey of Exeter over the years you feel that culture, from the players and the staff that are here, and the supporters.

“You feel that straight away when you come down here and it has been building for a long time, so to be a part of this team and involved in something like that is absolutely unreal and I feel very lucky and very grateful. It was an incredible game just from the way the score-boards went.

“We were ahead, they came back into it, and when that whistle went I think it was just the emotion, that high, that feeling, and it’s still not really sunk in.

“It’s surreal times but everyone is just absolutely buzzing.

“It was unbelievable and such a special day for the club – especially for those people that had been involved in it for such a long time, the coaches and the board.”

Jonny was training with Scotland this week at the Oriam in Edinburgh

Gray regrets not being able to say a proper goodbye to Glasgow Warriors before moving to Southwest England, but says joining Exeter Chiefs was a brilliant decision.

“I’m still pretty gutted for a lot of players at Glasgow Warriors who I never got a chance to say goodbye or ‘thank you’ to, a lot of people there who have helped me out, but I will be forever grateful and always will love Glasgow.

“It has been great here.

“I’ve hopefully improved as a player, but as a person as well I’m experiencing new things and making new friendships down here so it has been great. They have a lot of fun down here but they work very hard and the culture is great so I’m really enjoying it.”

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