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Gloucester part ways with veteran after short stint at Kingsholm

By Josh Raisey
Micky Young of Gloucester Rugby kicks the ball during the EPCR Challenge Cup match between Black Lion and Gloucester Rugby at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on December 9, 2023 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)

Gloucester have confirmed that veteran scrum-half Micky Young has left the club following the conclusion of his short-term deal.

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The 35-year-old arrived at Kingsholm in November to provide injury cover for the Cherry and Whites with Caolan Englefield out with a shoulder injury.

In a club announcement on Friday, where they also revealed Ben Donnell will move to Cardiff next season and Reece Dunn has joined Welsh Premiership club Ebbw Vale, Gloucester revealed Young’s departure and thanked him for his service.

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After signing Young, Gloucester director of rugby George Skivington said: “Micky brings with him a load of Premiership experience having played over 200 games for three different clubs.

“We were disappointed to lose Caolan so soon into the season because we were really excited about his signing, but we’re lucky to bring someone of Micky’s calibre and experience in in the meantime.”

Young arrived in the West Country following another short spell at Toulon, where he was a medical joker during the World Cup.

He moved to France after an eight-year second stint at Newcastle Falcons, where he also started his career. Between his two Newcastle spells, he played for Leicester Tigers and Bath.

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He leaves a Gloucester side that are sitting in ninth place in the Gallagher Premiership, and host Castres in April in the next round of the European Challenge Cup.

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