TRANSFER | Gloucester lock departs for new challenge - Ruck

TRANSFER | Gloucester lock departs for new challenge

Ealing Trailfinders have confirmed the signing of Simon Linsell for the 2020/21 season.

The highly-rated lock graduated from the Gloucester Academy, and has been one of the standout performers in the Greene King IPA Championship after spending a year captaining Hartpury. 

Linsell was at Kingsholm as a 17-year-old but then went to the University of Exeter to study, where he also captained their successful BUCS Super Rugby side. 

He has made three appearances for the Gloucester first team, and came through the academy with the likes of Lewis Ludlow and Ollie Thorley.

Linsell is excited for a new opportunity at Trailfinders Sports Club. 

“I can’t wait to join up with Ealing Trailfinders. I like how ambitious the club is and I’m really excited to see what we can achieve.”


Director of Rugby Ben Ward is very pleased to have secured Linsell’s signature. 

“Simon is a very hard working player who has shown his quality in the last couple of years. 

He brings good leadership skills and ability at the set piece. Lineout forwards are harder to find these days, and I’m delighted to have signed Simon after trying previously.”

LIST | Five senior Gloucester players set for exit in big overhaul

Gloucester are set for a significant overhaul of their playing squad that will end in at least five senior players leaving ahead of the 2020/21 Premiership season…

1. Owen Williams

The 28-year-old would have been in the frame to replace Hadleigh Parkes at international level if he’d decided to join a Welsh region, but according to the Mail Online he’s agreed on a move to Japan. Williams can play both fly-half and centre and his ball-playing ability will make him a huge loss for the Cherry & Whites.