Gloucester are currently short of options in the second-row, and will only have four contracted ahead of the 2020/21 season when Charlie Beckett’s short-term deal expires and Danny Drake returns to Scarlets.
They have recently signed 6ft 6in and 117kg Argentina international Matias Alemanno on a long-term deal, but more cover is required if they are to mount a serious title push.
All Black lock Bryn Evans recently departed Sale Sharks after five years at in the North West, and the early signs are that 35-year-old isn’t ready to hang up his boots just yet. Certainly not a long-term solution, but he certainly wouldn’t let them down as cover.
Another player who will be available is Levi Douglas, who recently joined Wasps on a short-term deal after his time with Bath came to an end. The powerful second-row still has potential to become a quality Premiership operator.
The big-money player who is currently a free agent is All Blacks star Brodie Retallick. He’s a free agent after his Kobe Steelers sabbatical was cut short by the COVID-enforced cancellation of the Japanese league. However, the lock has rejected an offer from Super Rugby side The Chiefs to remain a free agent. He’s reportedly having a bit of a break with his family before making his return.