"End of an era" - Gloucester set to lose three 'fan favourites' in the summer - Ruck

“End of an era” – Gloucester set to lose three ‘fan favourites’ in the summer

Gloucester have revealed one major star will leave the rugby club with two more players set to follow him out of Kingsholm.

#1. Jake Polledri to Zebre

The club have confirmed that international back-row Polledri will leave the club at the end of the current season to join United Rugby Championship side Zebre. 

Polledri, 27, signed from Hartpury RFC in the summer of 2017, quickly becoming a first-team regular for the Cherry & Whites and earning his first full Italy cap against Scotland in Rome. He has since secured 20 caps for the Azzuri.  
The Gloucester Rugby academy graduate was shortlisted in 2018 for the RPA Young Player of the Year and Premiership Rugby’s Discovery of the Season. 

Suffering a major injury whilst on international duty in 2020, Polledri was forced to watch on from the side-line for over two years.  

After 820 days out, the back-row forward made a gradual return to the Gloucester Rugby squad, playing in the Premiership Rugby Cup and on loan at neighbours Hartpury.  

Gloucester Rugby Head Coach, George Skivington, wished Polledri all the best on his move. 

“Whilst we’re sad to see Jake go, we’re pleased for him, and the fresh challenge Italy will present. 

“To overcome the injury he sustained, and how he’s dealt with a lengthy recovery, tells you a lot about his character. He’s worked hard to get back on the field and we’re sure that his move to Zebre will see him continue to perform at his best. 

“Jake’s given a lot in Cherry & White and he leaves with our best wishes for the future.” 

Jake Polledri of Italy during the Italy Rugby Captains Run ahead of the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 11 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)