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Mass Exodus Expected At Gloucester

Gloucester currently lie 10th in the premiership table with just the one win in six games. Although that result was an impressive win away at Sale who had turned the AJ Bell into a bit of a fortress,  the Cherry and Whites followed up that win with a horrible loss at home to Newcastle and have looked lacking all season. It seems this year’s hopes for Gloucester look dead in the water. But the outlook for next year looks even worse.

Captain Greig Laidlaw has already been announced to be leaving Kingsholm at the end of the season for Clermont and it seems the Scottish scrum half will not be the last big name to be on his way out. It’s being reported Matt Kvesic, James Hook, and Ben Morgan are all expected to leave at the end of their contracts next season, which could leave a team lacking in depth already also lacking in talent.

Matt Kvesic to fellow west country side Exeter Chiefs is believed to be a certainty with Bath and the Ospreys said to be interested in Hook and Leicester looking to bolster their back row options with brutal carrier Ben Morgan. The loss of Kvesic and Morgan would certainly be alarming to Gloucester fans as they are both childhood supporters of the club and must have to be deeply concerned by the club setup to look to be moving on so early in the season. It doesn’t end there with speculation that Welsh back rower Ross Moriarty could make a move to Wales to improve international chances and fellow countryman Richard Hibbard may follow suit, although Hibbard is keen to stay at the club if the right offer is on the table.

Gloucester have been a capable premiership team in recent years by having a strong first fifteen but not necessarily having the players behind them to be capable fill-ins. If Gloucester lose these players next season they could be in real trouble and it’s difficult to envisage Kingsholm being an attractive destination for players. I struggle to see them being away from the relegation scrap next season and they could easily be favourites for the drop.