Former Scotland international Tommy Seymour announces retirement

Tommy Seymour has played 55 Tests for Scotland
Tommy Seymour has played 55 Tests for Scotland

Former Scotland international Tommy Seymour has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Seymour had already quit international rugby in December 2019 post the World Cup in Japan but now has decided to end his playing career.

The 32-year-old made his Scotland debut in 2013 and went on to make 55 Test appearances for the Dark Blues including seven games in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups combined. He was also part of the British and Irish Lions squad in the 2017 tour of New Zealand but did not feature in the three Tests but still finished the top try-scorer in the tour after scoring against Highlanders and Hurricanes.

The 6ft wing started his club career with Ulster in 2010 before making a switch to Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2011/12 season making over 150 appearances for them. He was also named in the Pro12 Dream Teams during the 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons.

“Tommy has had an outstanding club and international career in Scotland, and he can look back on what he has achieved with a lot of pride. He worked hard to become a regular for Glasgow and Scotland – and made some key contributions to both teams," said head coach Gregor Townsend.

“Tommy had world-class ability in the air, and was one of the best finishers in the game. He was also an intelligent rugby player who could analyse a game very well.

"He cared a lot for his teammates, and it was great to see him grow as a player and a leader in his time in Scotland.

"I wish him all the best in the next stage of his life.”