FORMER Scotland back-rower Blade Thomson has announced his retirement from rugby due to a head injury.
The New Zealand-born 32-year-old was capped for the ‘Baby Blacks’ at under-20s level and also played for New Zealand Maori, before moving to the northern hemisphere to join Scarlets in 2018.
He qualified to wear the thistle though his paternal grandfather, Robert, from Wishaw. He made his Scotland debut against France in a 2019 World Cup warm-up match and went on to collect 10 appearances in total for Gregor Townsend‘s side, the most recent being against Wales during the 2021 Six Nations.
Thomson announced his retirement on the Scarlets website, stating: “Myself and my family have come to this decision and I’d like to thank everyone, coaches, players, the backroom and medical staff and all the fans for their support. We’ve been made welcome from the moment we came to Llanelli. It’s a special place to play and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, making more than 50 appearances for the Scarlets and having the honour of representing Scotland. We will leave with fond memories of our time here.”