Mather Retires From Test Rugby

Cammy Mather has announced his retirement from international rugby. He said today that he had lost his desire to fight his way back in the reckoning for Scotland selection. But he added that he was keen to stay on with Glasgow to help to develop the young talent."I've decided to retire from international rugby. Jump before I"m pushed in the hope that I can prolong my playing career with Glasgow," he said.Cammy was in the Scotland squad for the two-day training camp earlier this week. But he was among those omitted when the numbers in the squad were reduced for next week's Monday/Tuesday camp."It was always my intention to end things after the tour of Australia last summer, but it seemed my tour only lasted 23 minutes - it wasn't the way I wanted to go out," he added."Fighting back to full fitness has been a struggle, but now that I'm there I'm really enjoying playing for Glasgow. But I seem to lack the desire to fight my way back into international reckoning again having done so on previous occasions. The will just isn't there to prove everybody wrong again."At 32 I feel my time is better used bring through some of the exceptional young talent at Glasgow, and utilising what spare time I have working on a new business venture."Cammy joined Glasgow for season 2003-2004 after a sojourn with Leeds Tykes. He was appointed Glasgow captain, too, but less than two months into that role his international career was revived when he flew out to Australia to join Scotland's World Cup squad as a replacement for the injured Andrew Mower. A week after his arrival he was in the starting XV as open-side flanker for the match against France.It was his fifth cap, more than three years after his previous international appearance, as a replacement, also against France. He retained the open-side berth for Scotland's two other World Cup games against Fiji and Australia. His only previous start for Scotland was in the 1999 World Cup match against Spain at Murrayfield in 1999.After the World Cup he played in three of Scotland's Six Nations Championship, against Wales, England, and France. That took his was to be his final tally of caps up to 10, though it might have been a lot more if he had not been out of favour for more than three years, before his recall for the 2003 World Cup.Cammy originally came to Scotland for the 1993-94 season, joining Watsonians from the East Coast Bays club after having represented the North Harbour province at both sevens and XVs and having also played for New Zealand Universities. He played a prominent part in Watsonians" success in winning the Scottish club championship in season 1997-98. Also in 1998 he made a significant contribution when he was introduced as a substitute to Scotland A's grand slam clinching victory against England A at Inverleith, the fifth of his 14 appearances at that level.He then signed a professional contract with Edinburgh Reivers, and he was capped the following year, making his debut as a replacement in the pre-World Cup match against Romania at Hampden Park, Glasgow. He also played seven-a-side rugby for Scotland as well as making three tours with the national team - two to South Africa (1997 and 1999) and also to Fiji and Australia (1998). He left Edinburgh in 2001 and had six months with Worcester before moving on to Leeds. Cammy, who qualified for Scotland through his Stirling-born grandfather, was the Tykes" player of the year in his last season at Leeds.Cammy Mather has announced his retirement from international rugby. He said today that he had lost his desire to fight his way back in the reckoning for Scotland selection. But he added that he was keen to stay on with Glasgow to help to develop the young talent."I've decided to retire from international rugby. Jump before I"m pushed in the hope that I can prolong my playing career with Glasgow," he said.Cammy was in the Scotland squad for the two-day training camp earlier this week. But he was among those omitted when the numbers in the squad were reduced for next week's Monday/Tuesday camp."It was always my intention to end things after the tour of Australia last summer, but it seemed my tour only lasted 23 minutes - it wasn't the way I wanted to go out," he added."Fighting back to full fitness has been a struggle, but now that I'm there I'm really enjoying playing for Glasgow. But I seem to lack the desire to fight my way back into international reckoning again having done so on previous occasions. The will just isn't there to prove everybody wrong again."At 32 I feel my time is better used bring through some of the exceptional young talent at Glasgow, and utilising what spare time I have working on a new business venture."Cammy joined Glasgow for season 2003-2004 after a sojourn with Leeds Tykes. He was appointed Glasgow captain, too, but less than two months into that role his international career was revived when he flew out to Australia to join Scotland's World Cup squad as a replacement for the injured Andrew Mower. A week after his arrival he was in the starting XV as open-side flanker for the match against France.It was his fifth cap, more than three years after his previous international appearance, as a replacement, also against France. He retained the open-side berth for Scotland's two other World Cup games against Fiji and Australia. His only previous start for Scotland was in the 1999 World Cup match against Spain at Murrayfield in 1999.After the World Cup he played in three of Scotland's Six Nations Championship, against Wales, England, and France. That took his was to be his final tally of caps up to 10, though it might have been a lot more if he had not been out of favour for more than three years, before his recall for the 2003 World Cup.Cammy originally came to Scotland for the 1993-94 season, joining Watsonians from the East Coast Bays club after having represented the North Harbour province at both sevens and XVs and having also played for New Zealand Universities. He played a prominent part in Watsonians" success in winning the Scottish club championship in season 1997-98. Also in 1998 he made a significant contribution when he was introduced as a substitute to Scotland A's grand slam clinching victory against England A at Inverleith, the fifth of his 14 appearances at that level.He then signed a professional contract with Edinburgh Reivers, and he was capped the following year, making his debut as a replacement in the pre-World Cup match against Romania at Hampden Park, Glasgow. He also played seven-a-side rugby for Scotland as well as making three tours with the national team - two to South Africa (1997 and 1999) and also to Fiji and Australia (1998). He left Edinburgh in 2001 and had six months with Worcester before moving on to Leeds. Cammy, who qualified for Scotland through his Stirling-born grandfather, was the Tykes" player of the year in his last season at Leeds.