Japan-bound star signs for Gloucester on short term contract

Gloucester have confirmed that Franco Marais will return to Kingsholm until the end of the season,

The 27-year-old hooker has previously made 35 appearances for the Cherry & Whites and he will now look to add to that tally before heading to the Red Hurricanes in the Japanese Top League at the conclusion of the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership campaign.

Franco will re-join the squad for training today, as preparations continue for the eagerly anticipated restart.


Sir Ian McGeechan picks seven Englishmen in his Lions 2021 XV

15: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

14: Anthony Watson (England)

“I’d definitely have Watson. He’s great under the high ball, has unbelievable feet and would be outstanding on hard South African grounds.”

13: Jonathan Davies (Wales)

12: Manu Tuilagi (England)

“At 12, I have to go with Manu. There’s such power there. And you’ll need that.”

11: Liam Williams (Wales)