CONFIRMED | Scotland international comes out of retirement to join Saracens | Ruck

CONFIRMED | Scotland international comes out of retirement to join Saracens

Tim Swinson has signed a one-year deal with Saracens after having a change of heart about hanging up his boots.

The 33-year-old has been tempted out of retirement to extend an already impressive 14-year career with a stint in north London.

Swinson initially called time on his playing days back in May having won 38 caps for Scotland and made 136 appearances for Glasgow Warriors, where he won a Pro12 title in 2015.

But when the chance to play for his boyhood club arose – Swinson played at Bramley Road as a junior – he jumped at the chance to team up with some familiar faces once again.

The lock began his career with Newcastle Falcons where he was initially coached by Ian Peel, the current Saracens forwards coach.

And he insists the chance to play under this coaching group was one of many factors that made the club’s offer too good to turn down.

“Saracens for me is my childhood club, I played my first game of rugby as a curtain raiser for them,” said Swinson.

“The thing that really drew me to the club was the coaches, particularly the forwards coach (Ian Peel). He was my academy coach when I was at Newcastle. He was always a guy that I wanted to play in a team who he coached and that became the opportunity now.

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“When I retired I was really happy to retire and then this opportunity came up and it really ticked a lot of boxes; playing for my childhood club, playing for coaches that I have always had respect for, playing for a club that has won a lot recently and experiencing that culture which everyone talks about as being a big part of the Saracens ethos.

“I want to play and I want to play good rugby. It’s a new experience and I think it’s going to be fantastic.”


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A product of the Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s youth section, Tom initially developed his rugby through the club and at Mounts Bay School, as did his younger brother Luke. The 28-year-old, who also plays hooker, first joined the Cornish Pirates in 2010, and signed a new two-year deal in May 2020.

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