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Scottish International Set For Drastic Career Change At Season’s End

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Thursday Apr 20, 2023

Edinburgh and Scottish international Hooker Stuart McInally has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of this season.

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Playing for the club for 12 seasons, McInally has played 176 games for the Scottish capital as well as earning 47 test caps for Scotland.

The 32-year-old will now shift his focus towards becoming a commercial airline pilot having started flying back in 2013.

Speaking on his decision to make such a drastic career switch, McInally said: “It was really tough knowing this was the moment to move on.

“I always thought it would be really easy to retire because I’ve always known what I want to do after rugby – become a pilot – but stepping away from the club I love is massive, and it’s been a huge decision.

“While I’m obviously sad to be moving on, this decision has really been 10 years in the making,” he added.

“I started flying back in 2013 and a lot of work has gone in to get to this point. I’m now massively excited to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot.”

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Having initially begun his career in the backrow, McInally switched to Hooker in 2013 and has gone on to have a stellar career as a one club player (outside of a brief loan to Bristol) for Edinburgh.


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