Tim Swinson made his Scotland debut as the starting lock in the 2013 defeat to South Africa in Nelspruit, and is eligible to represent Scotland through the bloodline of his maternal grandmother, from Glasgow.
He tasted success for the first time in the navy blue of Scotland the following week, against Italy, in the same quadrangular tournament; marking his home debut with fine performance against Japan in a 42-17 win at BT Murrayfield Stadium.
His RBS 6 Nations debut came the following year (2014) at home against Ireland, and he remained part of the squad selected for the following Summer Tour and 6 Nations championship.
Having been named in the extended squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015, Tim was sent home early from the training camp in Font Romeu, in France with an injury.
Despite looking destined to miss the world’s premier rugby tournament, Swinson returned to face France at the Stade de France in the nick of time to make the final cut of 31, going on to make four replacement appearances in the competition, including the quarter-final defeat to Australia.
He played in every match of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations, coming on as a replacement in all but the final match against Ireland in Dublin, and the following year scored his first international try against France in Scotland’s second match of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations at Stade de France, but wasn’t enough to secure a win for his country, losing 26-14.
Through the ranks
Swinson is a product of Oundle School and also played club rugby at Sydney Univeristy during his gap year.
One of the most consistent and highly rated locks in the English Premiership, Timothy James Montagu Swinson joined Glasgow Warriors from Newcastle Falcons where he was named Player of the Season in 2011. He arrived having played close to 100 Premiership games in the boiler house.