Long-serving player found out he’d been released at awards dinner

Not cool.
Gloucester Live has revealed Darren Dawidiuk that found out his eight-year association at Gloucester was coming to an end at the club’s end of season awards dinner.

It led to a period where the 29-year-old hooker was in limbo, unsure of where he would be playing his rugby next season until he recently signed for newly-promoted Premiership side London Irish.


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“I owe them so much in my life, I’ve done a lot of growing up in Gloucester and made a lot of close friends for life,” said Dawidiuk.

“They gave me a chance to play Premiership rugby so I can’t thank them enough and it was quite sad to leave.

“I didn’t want to leave but it was one of those things where the club didn’t offer me a contract so it’s the way it goes.


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“I only found out at the end of season dinner when they announced the players who were going.

“David Humphreys (director of rugby) listed me off so it was a bit of a shock and a sad way to find out I would not be kept on by the club I’d given my all for.

“There’s no point getting upset, it is what it is. If that’s the way the club do things now, maybe it was the right time for me to move on.”

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