Kyle Traynor made his Scotland debut as a replacement in the 23-10 win against Fiji in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test in November 2009, and he also played off the bench in Scotland’s two other matches in that Murrayfield series, including the historic win against Australia.
His elevation to the national team followed just nine months after his first appearance for Scotland A. Previously he had played for Scotland at under-19 and under-21. He returned to the national team as a late replacement for the injured Ryan Grant in the 2012 EMC Test against Tonga in Aberdeen.
His Scotland A debut was as a replacement in the 22-22 draw with Italy A at McDiarmid Park, Perth, in February 2009. Two more A international appearances followed with tight-head starts in the wins against Russia and France in the IRB Nations Cup success in Bucharest in June 2009. Kyle played both A games in February 2010 against Ireland A and Italy A, and then started the IRB Nations Cup match against Argentina and the November clash with USA Eagles at Netherdale. He crossed for a try in this latter game, before coming off the bench in the 11-3 win over Italy A in February 2011.
His Scotland under-21 debut was as a replacement in the Falkirk match against France in February 2006, which he followed up with further substitute appearances against Wales, England, and Ireland and then five games in the age group’s world championship in France. His under-19 honours included captaining Scotland in four games in the 2005 IRB world championship in Durban, South Africa. In February 2007 he played as a replacement in the under-20 international against England at Bath, and a week later he was the starting tight-head prop in the Falkirk match against Wales.
While still aged 19, he was on the bench for the Celtic League match against Cardiff at The Arms Park in 2006. In May that year he made his debut for Edinburgh as a replacement in the Celtic League game against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, and after he had led Watsonians to second place in the 2007-2008 Scottish Hydro Electric Premier One division he was awarded a full-time contract by Edinburgh. But he had to wait until January 2009 for his first start, when Edinburgh visited Dublin for a Heineken Cup match against Leinster at the RDS.
Kyle, a former pupil of John Fisher School (London), qualifies for Scotland through Glasgow-born parents. He left Edinburgh at the end of the 2011-2012 season and joined Bristol Rugby.
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