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Polledri makes shock move to Italian URC side Zebre

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Gloucester has confirmed that back-row Jake Polledri will leave the club for the URC at the end of the current season to join Italian side Zebre.


Polledri, who is 27 years old, signed for Gloucester from Hartpury RFC in the summer of 2017. He quickly became a first-team regular for the Cherry & Whites and went on to earn his first full Italy cap against Scotland in Rome. He has since secured 20 caps for the Azzuri.

The Gloucester Rugby academy graduate was shortlisted for the RPA Young Player of the Year in 2018 and Premiership Rugby’s Discovery of the Season.

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However, Polledri suffered a major injury while on international duty in 2020 and was forced to watch from the sidelines for over two years. After 820 days out, the back-row forward gradually returned to the Gloucester Rugby squad, playing in the Premiership Rugby Cup and on loan at neighbours Hartpury.

Gloucester head coach, George Skivington, wished Polledri all the best on his move.

“Whilst we’re sad to see Jake go, we’re pleased for him, and the fresh challenge Italy will present.

“To overcome the injury he sustained, and how he’s dealt with a lengthy recovery, tells you a lot about his character. He’s worked hard to get back on the field and we’re sure that his move to Zebre will see him continue to perform at his best.


“Jake’s given a lot in Cherry & White and he leaves with our best wishes for the future.”

Polledri thanked the club ahead of his fresh challenge in the summer.

“Gloucester Rugby is where I started my rugby & international career six years ago. Kingsholm will always be a special place for me.

“It’s been one hell of a journey, physically & mentally, over the years. My strength and determination has never flickered and that’s a huge nod to the incredible staff at Gloucester and for that I want to thank Gloucester Rugby, from the supporters to the physios, for the incredible support.


“It’s time for my new chapter, one that I’m really looking forward to.”


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