Gloucester have confirmed that their second-row Mariano Galarza has departed the club to join Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles.
The 31-year-old Argentina international, who has made 62 appearances for the Cherry and Whites after joining from Worcester Warriors in 2014 and help the side win the Challenge Cup a year later, has taken up a chance to move to France.
And, director of rugby David Humphreys insisted that they didn’t want to stand in Galarza’s path given that they have quality cover in his position at Kingsholm.
Humphreys told the club’s website: “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.”
Galarza added: “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.”