Gloucester have confirmed that Argentina international second-row Mariano Galarza will join Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles with immediate effect.
The 31-year-old Argentinian international is currently in his fifth season with Gloucester Rugby, having moved down the M5 from Worcester Warriors, and has made 62 competitive appearances for the Cherry and Whites.
One particular highlight of his time at Kingsholm was the part he played in Gloucester Rugby lifting the European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2015.
However, an opportunity has now risen for Galarza to move to the Stade Chaban-Delmas and the club did not want to stand in his way as explained Director of Rugby David Humphreys:
“Mariano has been a terrific servant for Gloucester Rugby, an excellent player, a popular member of the squad and a great club man.
“However, we feel that second row will be a real area of strength for us this season, especially when Tom Savage returns from injury and Franco Mostert arrives. So, the opportunity for Mariano to play his club rugby in France and to experience a new culture is a good one for him.
“I’d like to thank Mariano for his efforts during his time with Gloucester Rugby and, on behalf of everyone at the club, wish him all the very best for the future.”
Mariano himself admitted that it hadn’t been an easy decision.
“I have loved every minute of my time with Gloucester Rugby. It’s been more than a club, it’s been like a family to me and I had to think long and hard before deciding to move.
“But this is a great opportunity to play club rugby in France and also for my family and myself to experience life in a different country.
“I’ve made friends for life here at Gloucester Rugby and it will always have a special place in my heart. There is so much that I will miss, but especially matchdays at Kingsholm, in particular the supporters who have always treated me so well.”