TOMMY Seymour has called time on his career as a Scotland player, becoming the second member of Gregor Townsend’s World Cup squad to do so. Last week John Barclay announced that he had made the same decision.
“Today I’d like to announce my decision to retire from international rugby,” the Glasgow Warriors winger wrote on his Instagram account. “Playing for Scotland has been the greatest honour. The pride from wearing the thistle on my chest is one of the most powerful feelings I’ve experienced.
“It was in every way a dream come true and an amazing journey to share with friends, family and Scotland supporters. I have been fortunate enough to play with some of the greatest players this country has ever produced and even more fortunate that in some I have found friends for life.
“To my loving wife Katy, who held the fort through my many days and months away from home, thank you for being my rock through all the ups and downs that come with playing international sport.”
Seymour, now 31, made his Test debut on Scotland’s 2013 tour to South Africa. He ended up with 55 caps and 20 tries for Scotland, and also toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2017.
A Glasgow Warriors player since joining from Ulster in 2011, he has played full-back at times this season as a replacement for Stuart Hogg. Arguably his most effective international performances came alongside Hogg in a back three which also featured Sean Maitland.
“Tommy can reflect on an excellent international career,” said Townsend, who was the winger’s coach at the Warriors until moving to become Scotland coach. “He has one of the best try-scoring rates for Scotland. To earn 55 caps in a six-year period is testament to not only his all-round rugby ability but also his consistency in the blue jersey.
“His game was very well suited to the demands of Test rugby, as he had a high work rate, world-class aerial skills and a very good awareness of when to get on to ball.
“When he got the opportunity to play regularly – first at Glasgow and then with Scotland – he went from strength to strength, adding elements to his game each season. He’s been fantastic to work with and always gave everything for Scotland. We wish him well for the rest of his playing career with Glasgow.”