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Seven leavers confirmed by Gloucester, five seniors and two academy

By Liam Heagney
Gloucester's Jonny May (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Double-chasing Gloucester have named the seven players leaving Kingsholm at the end of the current season, five senior team stalwarts and two from the senior academy.

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The Cherry and Whites will next Friday look to add the EPCR Challenge Cup to the Premiership Rugby Cup they won in March.

In the meantime, they will seek to rectify last weekend’s 0-90 humiliation at Northampton when they welcome Newcastle to Kingsholm this Saturday.

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That is their final home outing of the season and fans will be allowed to say farewell to the likes of Jonny May and Adam Hastings.

A statement read: “Gloucester can announce the players leaving the club at the end of the current season. Supporters will get the chance to say goodbye to some of the leavers at Saturday’s final fixture of the league season against Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm.

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“Club stalwart Jonny May departs after nearly 200 appearances across two spells. The academy graduate scored 73 tries for Gloucester and established himself as one of the most prolific finishers not just at club level, but international level too with England.

“The last remaining player from Gloucester’s 2015 Challenge Cup winning team, he has the chance to get his hands on his second European trophy when the Cherry and Whites take on the Sharks in the Challenge Cup final next week.

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“Director of rugby George Skivington labelled May a ‘true club legend’ in his leaving announcement earlier this week.

“Adam Hastings will leave Kingsholm to head back to his native Scotland in the off-season, re-joining Glasgow Warriors.

“The fly-half has struggled with injury, but there was no doubt his contributions were huge when on the field, producing several moments of magic.

“Santi Socino, the former Newcastle man, will sign off his time at Gloucester against his former club at Kingsholm before heading to France to join Agen in the summer.

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“One-quarter of the Argentinian contingent at the club, Socino has been a hugely popular figure amongst the players and fans alike at Kingsholm.

“Harry Elrington joined Gloucester from London Irish in 2021 and went on to make 59 appearances. Sharing the No1 shirt with Val Rapava Ruskin, Jamal Ford-Robinson and Mayco Vivas over the last couple of years, Elrington had some great performances when called upon.

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Alex Hearle was one of three players picked up from Worcester Warriors after their demise at the beginning of last season.

“Covering centre and wing, Hearle made 19 appearances. He will be joining the Falcons ahead of next season, reuniting with his former boss Steve Diamond.

In addition to the five senior players, Rob Nixon and Will Gilderson of the senior academy will also be parting ways with the club this summer.”

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