Retirement call from Tim Swinson

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland second-row Tim Swinson has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the 2019/2020 season.

Swinson joined up with Warriors in 2012 from Newcastle Falcons where he was a regular starter in the pack since making his debut in 2005.

The 33-year-old brought a hard-hitting edge to the Warriors pack and went on to make 136 appearances for the PRO14 outfit.

Born in England, Swinson was eligible to play for Scotland because of his Glaswegian grandmother, and made his debut against South Africa in 2013 before going on to make 38 appearances.

“It’s a hard goodbye to the game I’ve played for the last 14 years,” Swinson wrote on Instagram.

“But it’s time to move on to the next adventure. The memorable games, victories and friendships won’t be lost, but the camaraderie will be missed.”

He was involved in the set-up of the first union for rugby players in Scotland – called Rugby Players Scotland – and was appointed chairman of the organisation when it started in 2018.