Gloucester winger Ollie Thorley could be the next star to depart Kingsholm after Danny Cipriani left the club with immediate effect this morning.
Competing with Louis Rees-Zammit and Jonny May for a place on the wing at the Cherry & Whites, the 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Sale Sharks by the MaulOver Podcast and Rugby Inside Line.
Since the Sharks have lost Chris Ashton and Paolo Odogwu, a move for Thorley, who is out of contract next summer, certainly makes sense.
Thorley made his professional debut at age 17, becoming the youngest player to play for Gloucester in the professional era when he played the full 80 minutes, partnered with World Cup winner Mike Tindall in a Anglo-Welsh Cup match against Northampton Saints in November 2013.
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The speedster, who captained his school athletics team, has the fastest 100m speed of any player in Europe. Thorley – who ran the distance in 10.6 seconds aged 16 – is even faster than England teammate May.
DID YOU KNOW? He’s also Itoje’s cousin, after his grandfather remarried a Nigerian woman who is the Saracens lock’s aunt.