Kyle: Training For Success

ImageKyle Traynor admits he is eagerly awaiting Edinburgh's high-profile pre-season friendly against English champions, London Wasps at Murrayfield on Saturday, 23 August (kick off 2.30pm) because it will give him the chance to take on old school-mate, England winger Paul Sackey.

In November 2005, Wasps" try machine Sackey became the first former pupil of John Fisher School in Croydon to become an England international when he appeared against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Now Traynor, six years younger than Sackey, has set himself the goal of becoming the school's first Scotland international and his old teacher has even allocated a space for his Test shirt on the wall.

Kyle is in for next season and you can join him in a vibrant, young squad by signing up for a 2008/2009 Edinburgh Rugby Club season ticket. Remember that not only you get admission to all nine home matches in the Magners League and all three Heineken Cup Pool games, but also you and a friend can go to the Big Day Out friendly against Wasps for FREE."

Traynor said: "I spoke to my school master when I went back recently and his exact words were; "We"ll put your shirt up on the wall alongside Paul's England jersey when you play for Scotland."

"It is definitely a goal I aspire to, but I realise there is a long way to go before that becomes a reality; starting with making the breakthrough with Edinburgh.

"I went to the same school as Paul " I know his brother very well " and also George Skivington (Wasps and England Saxons lock). It will be good to catch up with them after the game and talk about Edinburgh's victory."

After turning professional at the end of the season, Traynor revealed he has been working hard in order to bulk up in muscle while losing body fat over the past few months and he is hoping the results will trigger off a first team call-up.

He added: "Pre-season has gone really well. The fitness and conditioning team have worked really hard to plan and organise everything. Pre-season is always going to be hard work, but the fitness coaches have varied it up a bit with a few new ideas.

"I feel like I"m pushing in the right direction. My main aim is to get fitter and stronger than I was previously and I"ll keep working away.

"We"ve brought a nutritionist, Lorraine Cullen, on board. That has become quite a big part of the standard set at Edinburgh. It was identified quite early on that I need to build lean muscle and lose body fat.

"It is going really well at the moment. It is still a work in progress, but I feel like over the past year I"ve got a lot fitter and stronger and my body fat has gone down. Hopefully this pre-season I can achieve the goals I"ve set."

Away from Edinburgh duties, Traynor is set to continue at Watsonians and the prop, who captained the maroon and whites last season, announced he was delighted to be staying put at Myreside.

He said: "I have been very happy at Watsonians and I love the club. It would"ve been a shame if I'd have left to join another club, but I understand that, as a professional player, that could"ve happened.

"I"m really looking forward to playing for Watsonians next year. All the guys there are my mates. If I do have to play club rugby then I feel that is the best place for me to improve in order to get into the Edinburgh team."