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Stalwart . . . Heriot lock Quintin Brenssell (centre) notched up 250 caps at the weekend. PHOTO: PIP STANDISH

Quintin Brenssell plans to retire at the end of this season.

However, the Heriot rugby stalwart has been saying that for the past five seasons.

If he had retired any sooner, he never would have reached his 250th cap for the club on Saturday.

He has become the second player, behind Blair Young, to achieve that feat.

Brensell ran out in front of his family and friends in Heriot’s narrow 20-17 loss to Clutha Valley in the Southern Region competition.

“It was good,” Brenssell said.

“It’s quite special .. there’s a few older boys back in the day that would have done it, but they didn’t count then.”

He received a blazer for his 200th cap a couple of years ago, and it was “restitched” to mark his latest record.

The lock began playing for Heriot back in 2003, due to his “mates all going and playing” there.

He had not missed a season in 17 years, but there was one that was a cut above the rest.

“The season in 2013 when we won the whole thing [competition] was good. It’s a pity we haven’t won it more times.”

Playing rugby went hand-in-hand with the camaraderie of the club, which kept him going.

“It’s more the social side.

“There’s a good bunch of buggers at the club.”

His support for Heriot had not wavered in nearly two decades and he had since joined the club’s committee.

Heriot president Corey Roulston said Brenssell was an all-round staunch club player and would have missed only a handful of games throughout the years.

“To have someone so dedicated to the club is great,” Roulston said.

“He’s just very dedicated, gets on with it for the team and is a good fella, really.”