Tommy Seymour rugby player
Tommy Seymour rugby player

Tommy Seymour

1st Jul 1988 1.83m/95kg Left Wing

One of the most prodigious finishers in Glasgow Warriors history, Tommy Seymour retired in second place on the club's all time scoring list having dotted down 48 times in 150 appearances.

Seymour was born in Nashville, USA and spent his first nine years in the States before his father's job took the family overseas, first to Dubai for eighteen months and later to Belfast.

He represented Ulster at youth level as well as the Ireland U19s before debuting for the Province during the 2010/11 season. He made just seven appearances for the side before heading to Glasgow.

He made his debut for the club against Ulster in September 2011 and quickly became an integral part of the Glasgow setup under first Sean Lineen and then Gregor Townsend.

Eligible for the land of his birth, America and Ireland, where he spent many years in Ulster’s academy, or the nation of his mothers birth, Scotland. Seymour chose Scotland and was duly selected for their 2012 Autumn International campaign.

Seymour made his Scotland bow in a 2013 Test against South Africa in Nelspruit in what would be the first of 55 appearances in the dark blue. His first Test tries came in November of that year, notching a double in a November win over Japan at BT Murrayfield – an insight into an international career that would see him finish fifth on the all-time list for Scotland, behind the great names of Ian Smith, Tony Stanger, Chris Paterson and Stuart Hogg.

His solo effort away to Benetton earned him the Glasgow Warriors Try of the Season award in the 2013/14 campaign, as he helped his side to a first-ever RaboDirect PRO12 Final. Twelve months later and Seymour was part of the jubilant scenes at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, having scored four tries in 14 starts to help the Warriors lift the Guinness PRO12 title and earn himself a place in the league’s Dream Team in the process.

A consistency of scoring rate at international level was never more apparent than at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where Seymour excelled in scoring in four consecutive matches, against Japan, South Africa, Samoa and Australia, as Scotland narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth.

As safe under the high ball as any player in world rugby in the last decade, his try-scoring prowess was underlined yet further in the club’s opening home match of the 2016/17 season; the winger crossed for four tries in a 33-25 win over Leinster, matching the club record for tries in one match.

A crucial early try in the 43-0 victory away to Leicester set the Warriors on their way to securing a first-ever Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final, and rubber-stamped his status as one of the premier wingers in the northern hemisphere.

His call-up to the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour New Zealand was just reward for Seymour’s positional intelligence and finishing ability, and he finished as top tour try-scorer with three to his name. He was one of just two Scottish players named in the Lions squad.

Seymour called time on his international career in late 2019, his final act coming in the Rugby World Cup against hosts Japan in Yokohama, a cap after his 20th and final Scotland try against Russia in Pool A.

In December 2019, Seymour announced his international retirement. He retired as Scotland's fourth-top try-scorer having crossed the paint 20 times in his 55 appearances in a six-year spell, which has taken in two Rugby World Cups (2015 and 2019) and the drawn 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand.

In April 2021, he announced his retirement from professional rugby.

1⃣5⃣0⃣ Glasgow appearances⚔️
4⃣8⃣ Glasgow tries 🏉
5⃣5⃣ Test caps🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
2⃣0⃣ Tries🏉
0⃣2⃣ Rugby World Cup appearances
🥈 Glasgow's second all-time try scorer
🏆 PRO12 winner
🦁 Tourist
🦁 Top Lions scorer in 2017

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JW April 2021

Career

Down High School logo Down High School
Left Wing
ulster_rugby Ulster Rugby
Left Wing
2010 - 2011
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
Right Wing
2017 - 2017
scotland Scotland
Right Wing
2013 - 2019
warriors logo Glasgow Warriors
Left Wing
2011 - 2021