Retiring Scotland Women’s prop Tracy Balmer admits being part of a squad that won two 6 Nations matches is “the best feeling to go out on”.

Tracy, who turns 35 in April, won 43 caps for Scotland between 2011 and 2017.

The prop has most recently been playing her club rugby for Worcester and has been a great servant to the national team.

After the Italy match last Friday night she said: “Words can’t describe it. To come away with two really good wins is fantastic.

“This team is starting to grow in confidence and we are working our way back even if teams score against us we are not folding, we have the mindset that, ‘no we should win this game’.

“It’s really pleasing to see the young players starting to believe in themselves.

“This season is a big stand out for me because I’ve seen such a shift in the attitude of the players.

“I’ve also seen a change in the way Scottish Rugby has pushed us forward and there has been a shift from being amateur to professional in a sense.

“This season has been so much more fun for me as everyone is on the same page and, of course, we’ve won two games. Hopefully we will finish fourth so that’s two jumps up from every 6 Nations I’ve played in.

“I don’t think I’ll miss the early morning gym sessions, but I will miss the team. I’ve got some great friends in the squad and I know I’ll miss them, especially when they’re all back in camp.”

“Brilliant servant”

Scotland Women’s Head Coach Shade Munro said: “Tracy’s been a brilliant servant to the women’s game. She’s been through thick and thin with this team. She’s worked extremely hard and been one of the senior players who has stepped up since I came on board.

“It’s great she’s finishing on a high with two wins.”

Balmer is going to remain in rugby, but shift her focus to coaching after gaining her UKCC Level 3 qualification.

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo of Tracy Balmer

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