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This weekend Gray will attempt to stop his former hero leading England to their first Grand Slam since 2003 when they contest the Calcutta Cup in the penultimate game of this year’s RBS 6 Nations.
And while Gray is desperate to meet Johnson, the seven-cap forward insists he’s still focussed on dashing the England’s boss’ day – and his dreams of a whitewash.
“As an aspiring second row, I couldn’t see past Martin Johnson,” he said. “Every match I watched him play, whether it was for Leicester, England or the Lions, he was magnificent.
“I know, as a Scot, some might say I shouldn’t mention England’s World Cup win too often, but he was immense as captain in that tournament.
“He really inspired me with his attitude. In every minute of every game, he was driving on his team. He was a commanding figure and, as a youngster, that is what I looked up to.
“I did have some other sporting heroes, like Thierry Henry when he was at Arsenal, but even he didn’t come close to the respect I had for Johnson.
“I hope to be selected for Twickenham and it’s an exciting prospect to face the team put together by my all-time sporting hero. If I have a chance to talk to him afterwards, it would be great. One of us, no doubt, will be a bit down at that moment and I am hoping it will be him.
“England believe they can win the Grand Slam. Although it won’t be easy, we are good enough to go down there and come back with a win.
“Although we have lost our first three games, we are not down. We know we must work to ensure the errors we made against Ireland are not repeated.”