Saracens' former Scotland international Tim Swinson to retire at end of 2021/22 season

Tim Swinson has made 41 appearances for Saracens
Tim Swinson has made 41 appearances for Saracens

Former Scotland lock Tim Swinson has announced that he will be retiring from professional rugby at end of the ongoing 2021/22 season.

Swinson is part of the Saracens squad that will compete in the Gallagher Premiership final against Leicester Tigers scheduled to be played at Twickenham Stadium this weekend.

The 35-year-old came out of retirement in 2020 to feature for Mark McCall's side and has gone on to make 41 appearances for them since then. He was also named the Players’ Player of the Season in the Championship last year which saw the club gain promotion back to the top tier.

“Thank you to everyone involved at Saracens who welcomed, supported, and challenged me to be a better rugby player," he told in a statement released by the club.

"The memories that have been made over these two years will last a lifetime.”

Swinson has played for Scotland 38 times between 2013 and 2019 and started his career with Newcastle Falcons in 2007. He made a switch to Glasgow Warriors in 2012 and also won the Pro12 title with them.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall paid tribute to Swinson and thanked him for his contribution to the club.

“We would like to thank Tim for the extraordinary impact he has had on our club. He is a hugely popular member of the group who will be missed by all.

"His career is one that he can look back on with immense pride and from everyone at Saracens we are very thankful for the last two years.

"I am sure he will be very successful in his next chapter and we wish him and his family all the very best.”