Tim Swinson

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Tim Swinson
Birth nameTimothy James Montagu Swinson
Date of birth (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 36)
Place of birth London, England
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb) [1]
School Oundle School
University Newcastle University
Notable relative(s) Jo Swinson (cousin) [2]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock, Flanker
Current team Saracens
Amateur team(s)
Tynedale RFC
Glasgow Hawks
Senior career
2007–2012 Newcastle Falcons 120 (65)
2012–2020 Glasgow 137 (75)
2020–2022 Saracens 37 (5)
Correct as of 18th August 2022
International career
2013–2019 Scotland 38 (5)
Correct as of 23 June 2018

Tim Swinson (born 17 February 1987 in London, England) is a former Scotland international rugby union player. His preferred position was lock. He recently played for Saracens in Premiership Rugby. He retired from rugby in June 2022.


Rugby Union career

Amateur career

Swinson was drafted to Ayr in the Scottish Premiership for the 2017-18 season. [3]

Professional career

Swinson has played for Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership. He made his Newcastle 1st XV debut against Bath during the 2007–08 season. Swinson ended a disappointing season for the Newcastle Falcons by being named the Falcons Player of the Year. Swinson finished runner up behind Brian McGookin for Falcons player of the year in 2009-10.

He signed a deal with Glasgow Warriors to join them from Newcastle Falcons in the 2012–13 season.

He announced his retirement from the game in May 2020 in order to pursue an apprenticeship in the same garage that his Scotland and Glasgow Warriors team-mate Gordon Reid holds a position in.

Despite having previously announced his retirement he signed a one-year contract with Saracens ahead of the 2020–21 season. [4] He extended his contract by a further year ahead of Saracens' return to the Premiership the following season. [5]

International career

He played for Scotland 'A' making his debut in 2013 against England Saxons [6] He won 38 caps for Scotland. [7]

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  1. "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Newcastle Falcons". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  2. "Glasgow Warriors lock Tim Swinson on politics, play-offs and life post-rugby". The Herald (Glasgow) . Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. "Pro-player draft".
  4. "Glasgow Warriors | Tim Swinson joins up with Saracens". www.glasgowwarriors.com. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  5. "Swinson signs new Saracens contract". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  6. "England Saxons 9-13 Scotland A". web page. BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
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