Ryan Wilson to leave Glasgow Warriors at end of season

“If people look back and realise how much I’ve poured into the jersey every time, then I’ll be a happy man”

Ryan Wilson will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of this season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Ryan Wilson will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of this season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

RYAN WILSON’s 13-year uninterrupted association with Glasgow Warriors will finish at the end of this season when the 33-year-old back-rower will leave the club.

Only Rob Harley has played more than the 220 games Wilson has featured in so far for Glasgow, with the pair having made their professional debuts together in a September 2010 clash against Leinster at Firhill.

“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to represent this club,” said Wilson, who has also been capped 50 times by Scotland. “We’ve been so lucky to have some unbelievable players come through, but some even better men.


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“I’ve been through some very low lows and some exceptional highs, and I’m incredibly thankful to have had Bex and the kids with me through them all.

“Winning the [PRO12] title is definitely right up there with the greatest memories in my time here. It had been such a massive journey to get to that point – make the semis but lose, then make the semis and win, then the final in Dublin that we lost, then finally the semi-final win over Ulster and that final victory over Munster in 2015. Everything clicked that day. I’ll never forget it.

“If people look back and realise how much I’ve poured into the jersey every time, then I’ll be a happy man.”

It has not been all positives for Wilson, who was fined £750 by Glasgow Sheriff Court and suspended without pay for three months by the Scottish Rugby Union for punching two men, including Glasgow Hawks captain Ally McLay, in a takeaway shop in the west end of the city in October 2013.

However, he appeared to learn his lesson from that incident, and whilst remaining a combative figure on the pitch, Wilson has developed into a respected leader within the Warriors squad. He was club captain from 2017 until 2022, having initially been named on a solo basis by Dave Rennie ahead of the former head coach’s first season in charge, then served as co-captain alongside first Callum Gibbins followed by Fraser Brown, before handing over the captaincy to current skipper Kyle Steyn.

“From day one, Ryan made me feel welcome as part of the Glasgow Warriors family,” said Franco Smith, who took over as head coach ahead of this season.

“His professional and playing approach is of such high quality, and his influence on the playing group has been clear this season.

“He’s a fantastic person to have within this club environment and his pride at representing Glasgow Warriors is clear for all to see. We wish him all the very best for whatever comes next.”

Warriors’ Managing Director Al Kellock – a former team-mate – added: “Ryan was a pleasure to play alongside from his first step into the professional environment in 2010, and he’s been a fantastic man to work with over the last couple of seasons since I took this role.

“The legacy he leaves behind is one that places his team and his team-mates first. He will go out of his way to make sure his team-mates are well looked after, and he has always given everything every time he has pulled on the jersey.

“I cannot thank him enough for what he’s done for this club and wish him all the best for the future.”


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13 Comments

  1. Another legend retires from Warriors. Seen Ryan from start to finish. All the best for you and the family in the futer.

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  2. The man divided opinion, but one thing was never in doubt and that was his commitment to the jersey whether that be the Warriors or Scotland. Yes, there was an edge to him which boiled over in a very unacceptable way on that occasion – but we are branded as generally being too nice on the rugby pitch which doesn’t always win you games. Someone you would always rather have on your side than play against and will be missed.

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  3. Thanks Ryan for your commitment to The Warriors ,you are a legend in your own lifetime ,all the best for the future ,,🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏉 will miss you ,,

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  4. Fabulous asset to both the Warriors and Scotland. The guessing game as to who started the argy bargy before the the fight breaks out from the bottom of the ruck will now again be an actual guessing game. Best of luck Ryan.

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  5. being recently carving out a career for himself in sports media , and he’s brilliant at it , look forward to seeing a lot more of I’m in his new career

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  6. Clearly a passionate Glasgow Warrior. I wish him, and his family every success for the future. Once a Warrier….

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  7. Great career but that incident in the takeaway shop revealed his true colours. Nearly blinding someone in a homophobic attack should hardly make someone eligible to be captain.

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