Profile - Andy Reay

 


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 Northampton.

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

Andy 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 to Moseley’s
midfield.

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!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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