Banner image

IN-DEPTH: Kyle Traynor On Change, Camaraderie And Breakfast Club

Kyle Traynor has witnessed the shifting landscapes of Bristol Rugby during his five-year tenure in the city - but through the near misses, an exciting change of scenery at Ashton Gate and a long-awaited promotion to English rugby’s top-flight, one thing has remained a constant.

Introducing the Clifton Breakfast Club - of which the 29-year-old has been an ever-present during his time in the South West, joining teammates Jack Tovey, Adrian Jarvis, Nick Koster and Will Cliff - to name a few - at various cafes and diners across BS8.

The club itself has remained an ever-present but with varying frequency, because, as Traynor explains, it’s not just in a rugby sense that landscapes have shifted and new arrivals – in a purely family sense - have led to minor amendments to the esteemed institution.

“The club used to be a lot more prominent than it is now because some of the lads have started having children, so kids have kind of got in the way a little bit,” he jokes.

“Clifton is a great part of the world so we’ve got some great breakfast and coffee houses that we’re able to sit in and we get looked after quite nicely – so if we do have a spare moment, we try and get along to a little coffee shop and have a bit of a chat."

FRUSTRATION: Kyle Traynor looks disappointed after Bristol are edged out by Gloucester at Kingsholm (Photo: JMP UK).

“We don’t really tend to talk too much about rugby, but we’ve built some good friendships and to be able to spend a bit of time together with the lads is great.

“When you’re in tough situations – and we all go through it as professional rugby players – if you have a real friendship with one of your teammates, they’re able to offer support or advice, if needed, or an arm around the shoulder. But also you can give someone a decent backslap if they’ve done something good. That friendship, if you’re able to build that in a squad, it’s only a benefit in my eyes.”

As one of the more experienced heads in the dressing room, Traynor is only too happy to lend a hand or offer a word of advice to youngsters or new recruits. That was Traynor once, but fast-forward five years and the prop feels at home in Bristol and more importantly, at home at Ashton Gate. 

 DRIVE: Traynor in maul action against Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate (Photo: JMP UK). 

“When you’ve been around somewhere for a while it’s important, when young lads join the club, to let them know what Bristol Rugby is all about and help them integrate,” he says.

“Living in the city, I’m able to do that, show them around a bit – and I think with the younger lads, if I can show them how to go about being a day-to-day professional and be a role model for them then I’ll be happy.

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that the fondest memories are those made gathered around the table – but Traynor and Bristol will be hoping the bonds made at the breakfast table can lead to fond memories on the field.

By Will Carpenter.

Related News

IN-DEPTH: Gaston Cortes - Trucking, Rucking And Living The Dream

IN-DEPTH: Gaston Cortes - Trucking, Rucking And Living The Dream

Posted: Tuesday, January 31st 2017

IN-DEPTH: Comeback Kid Hurrell Taking Centre Stage

IN-DEPTH: Comeback Kid Hurrell Taking Centre Stage

Posted: Tuesday, February 7th 2017

IN-DEPTH: Jack Wallace - 'My Granddad Was A Huge Influence On Me; I'll Miss Him'

IN-DEPTH: Jack Wallace - 'My Granddad Was A Huge Influence On Me; I'll Miss Him'

Posted: Monday, February 27th 2017

Latest News

Thacker relishing home semi final

Thacker relishing home semi final

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020

Bears to host Bordeaux in Challenge Cup semi-final

Bears to host Bordeaux in Challenge Cup semi-final

Posted: Saturday, September 19th 2020

Video: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons Rugby

Video: Bristol Bears 56-17 Dragons Rugby

Posted: Saturday, September 19th 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Holden staying grounded after 'outstanding' football
Football icon

Holden staying grounded after 'outstanding' football

Dean Holden saluted his team for some ‘outstanding football’ as his side went toe-to-toe with Stoke City and came away with all three points.

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020 • Football

Spirit the key for Moore
Football icon

Spirit the key for Moore

A beaming Taylor Moore says the team’s spirit gives them the platform to believe they can compete with any opposition this season.

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020 • Football

Wells off the mark in Potters win
Football icon

Wells off the mark in Potters win

Goalscorer Nahki Wells praised an “outstanding” team performance as the side took all three points in the 2-0 win away to Stoke City.

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020 • Football

Report: Stoke City 0-2 Bristol City
Football icon

Report: Stoke City 0-2 Bristol City

City struck late in each half to compile a first defeat of the season on Stoke City and maintain Dean Holden’s 100% record.

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020 • Football

MansionBet Match Preview: Stoke City (A)
Football icon

MansionBet Match Preview: Stoke City (A)

City's first away trip of the season arrives this Sunday as Dean Holden marches his men to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City (September 20th, 2pm KO).

Posted: Sunday, September 20th 2020 • Football