Centre - born 1st Apr 1983, Hillingdon.
Andy returns to Moseley for 2008/09,
after a season with Newbury.
Supporters will remember his role in the
championship winning 2005/6 season with eleven appearances and scoring two
tries for the cause.
Andy then returned to Moseley first XV in February 2007,
on loan for the rest of the season from Bristol. Andy was part of the England Under 21 team which
claimed the Under 21 Six Nations Championship Grand Slam in 2004 and he also
competed in the Under 21 World Championships that took place in Scotland
during June 2004. He has won nine U21 caps for England and can play equally
well at inside and outside centre. In 2007/8 he made one try and scored
another as Newbury became the first team to reach a four try bonus against
An essential part of the Twickenham Cup
winning team. As Brian Dick said in the Birmingham
Post's Twickenham preview "Reay
is in his third spell with Mose but until this term had only ever been on
loan. For the first time in years Moseley have a solution to the troublesome
No 12 berth. He has been outstanding this season and seems to have combined
a defensive fortitude to his line-breaking prowess. He has also proved a
useful foil for younger players inside and outside him."
Height 1.82m (6' 0”)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 10)
Programme Profile: Andy Reay - Autumn 2008
Reay, has joined Moseley after two separate spells with us on loan from
Bristol and a season with Newbury. He is most welcome, especially since he
can play equally well at both inside and outside centre and will add punch
Andy, who is 6’ and weighs 93kg, was born in Hillingdon, an outer borough of
London, in April 1983. He was educated at Vyners School, from where he went
on to read Sports Science at Brunel University.
As a boy he was introduced to Ruislip Rugby Club by his father, a former
back row forward for Borderers, a team in Harefield. His first senior club
was Harlequins, prior to moving on to Bristol Rugby Club who loaned him to
Moseley in season 2005/06 when he made eleven appearances, scoring two
tries. Andy was loaned to Moseley a second time, towards the end of the
2006/07 season, from the February onwards.
Andy was could not be accommodated within Moseley’s tight 2007/8 playing
budget when made available by Bristol and therefore moved to Newbury at the
start of last season. He was released in May following the Blues acute
financial crisis and thus joined Moseley in his own right just before the
beginning of this season
Andy was a member of the England U21 side which won the U21 Six Nations
Championship Grand Slam in 2004 and he was also involved in the U21 World
Championships that took place in Scotland in June 2004. He won nine U21caps
for England. He also played for U18 England Clubs.
He lives in Bristol with his longstanding girl friend, Emily, who he
describes as ‘formidably bright’. He has just finished an intensive training
course, which will enable him to become a Personal Trainer. It is in this
field that he sees his post-rugby career developing, possibly owning and
operating a private gym and body conditioning centre. Andy did not complete
his sports science course at Brunel, due to the pressure of playing top
class rugby, but hopes to finish the degree course when he retires from
playing. He lists his interests outside his girlfriend and rugby as watching
sport and socialising i.e. the good life!
We discussed the differences between the three other senior rugby clubs Andy
has played for, i.e. Harlequins - the ‘city slickers’, Bristol - the bastion
of the West Country, and Newbury - struggling to survive in National
Division 1. Andy commented that the emergence of a single owner, or majority
shareholder, with a dominant personality can change the historic character
and ethos of a club, not always for the better. Much needed money can come
at a price.
In spite of the travelling involved, Andy is pleased to be settling in at
Billesley again, under a coaching and management team he respects, after the
worrying uncertainties caused by the Newbury fiasco. He is aware of the
level of expectation of the members of the club and his responsibilities for
the mid-field, and is looking forward to the challenge. We wish him well!