Ray grew up in Onehunga, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. He played his rugby at the Te Papapa and Manukau clubs, represented Auckland throughout the junior grades and a Auckland 2nd XV representative in 1962. Warren Westaway joined Ray at Manukau RFC in 1962 and the two travelled to England to play with Pat Colgan in London. Ray spent two seasons in London with the Twickenham and Feltham RFC and London New Zealand, and one season with Westmount in Montreal before coming to Perth in 1966 with Leone to be married, joining Warren and Pat at Perth Suburbs RFC in WA in 1967. Ray and Pat were two of the first four Kiwis to play rugby in WA.
Ray played first grade in 1967-68 then returned to New Zealand. He returned to Perth in 1971 and played first grade 1971-78. During this time he won several club trophies including best forward. Ray represented Western Australia against British Combined Services from Singapore in 1967, at the Southern States Carnival in Melbourne and against the Wallabies in WA in 1968, WA Combined Services in 1973, the All Blacks in 1974 and England in 1975. Ray played second grade 79-80 before retiring from competitive rugby.
During his time at Perth Ray assisted in coaching, joined the Management committee in 1972-78 and was elected Club President for 1978-79. Ray was involved in organising the club transfer from Wellington Square to Morley Reserve and the name change to Perth Bayswater RFC, then the clubrooms building committee assisting in construction and electrical services.
Ray also represented the Club on the WARU Council for several years. Ray was elected a Perth-Bayswater Life member in 1980. Ray played Golden Oldies rugby with WA Old Golds 1984-2003, and with WA MUGS club 2004-5 including touring the UK, Ireland, Canada, the USA, NZ and Australia.
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