Traynor hangs boots up at end of sea­son

Gloucestershire Echo - - RUGBY UNION -

GLOUCES­TER prop Kyle Traynor has an­nounced that he will re­tire from pro­fes­sional rugby at the end of the sea­son to pur­sue a new ca­reer.

The 33-year-old gained a mas­ters in sus­tain­able and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford in March and will start a new job in man­age­ment con­sult­ing with KPMG.

He could have played his last game in the Cherry and Whites’ 46-41 de­feat to Sale Sharks yes­ter­day if he is not in­volved in the play-offs.

Traynor has won four caps for Scotland dur­ing a ca­reer that started at Ed­in­burgh and saw him spend five years at Bris­tol, while he also spent a sea­son at Leicester and has rep­re­sented the Bar­bar­ians on two oc­cas­sions.

He joined Glouces­ter in Oc­to­ber 2018 on a short­term deal af­ter an in­jury cri­sis in the front row and has made six ap­pear­ances.

In a state­ment he re­leased on Twit­ter, Traynor said: “What an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney.

“To­day, I’m an­nounc­ing that I will be re­tir­ing from pro­fes­sional rugby at the end of the 2018/19 sea­son.

“Along the way I have learnt price­less les­sons about hu­mil­ity, re­spect and teamwork.

“I have ex­pe­ri­enced so many amaz­ing and un­for­get­table things and I have made some truly in­cred­i­ble friends.

“I am ex­tremely priv­i­leged to have done all of this whilst play­ing the sport I love.”

Traynor said it was “an honour” to rep­re­sent the four clubs in his ca­reer, adding: “I have tried to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to ev­ery team that I’ve been part of.

He also said that rep­re­sent­ing Scotland was a “lifelong dream” and it was a “priv­i­lege” to play for the Bar­bar­ians.

On his new ca­reer, Traynor said: “It’s a new chal­lenge I am ex­cited to embrace and I’m look­ing for­ward to tak­ing some of the les­sons I’ve learned in elite sport into the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment go­ing for­ward.”

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