Callum Braley Moves To Benetton Rugby
Gloucester and Italy Scrum Half Callum Braley will be heading to Italian Side Benetton Rugby at the end of the current campaign. He has spent six seasons with the Cherry and Whites after joining in 2014 from Bristol and will now be joining up with many of his international teammates in the Pro 14.
Similarly to his Italian teammates, Jake Polledri and Sebastian Negri, Braley came through the Hartpury College system. He impressed throughout the England Age groups and captained England Under 20s to the defence of their 2014 Junior World Championship crown.
Braley qualifies for Italy through his Italian Grandfathf and caught the eye of former Italian Head Coach Conor O’shea Last year and he joined the Italian Squad at the Japan World Cup. He earned his first Six Nations cap last week under Interim Head Coach Franco Smith and it appears that he is in the future plans of the National Side. He will now be pushing on for Silverware with Gloucester before he sets off for Benetton.
What They Said:
“It’s all happened fairly quickly to be honest. I hadn’t even trained with the Italy team 12 months ago, but now I’ve been to a Rugby World Cup and played in the Six Nations. But, having committed my international future to Italy, it makes sense to play my club rugby there and I’m very much looking forward to the new challenge.
“I’ve had six really enjoyable years at Gloucester Rugby. I’ve grown so much here, as a player and as a person, becoming a husband and a father and I’ve made some great friends and some fantastic memories. I’ll look back on my time here fondly. It’s a club and a city that my family hold closely to our hearts and a place we now call home.
“It probably won’t sink in until that final home game of the season, when all the departing players get to say goodbye. But, until the very last minute of my last game in Cherry and White, I’ll be giving everything to say goodbye on a positive note.”
Gloucester’ Director of Rugby David Humphreys:
Callum has been a valued member of our squad over the past few seasons, not just for his performances on the pitch, but also his contribution to the wider squad effort where he has played a key role in driving standards on and off the pitch.
“His dedication and hard work were rewarded in his selection for the Rugby World Cup with Italy and we were all delighted to see him starting for Italy last weekend in the Six Nations.
“While we’re sorry to see him leave Gloucester Rugby at the end of the season, we fully understand his reasons for moving to Italy to play for Benetton and establish himself in the Italian national team.
“Callum will still have a big role to play for the rest of this season at Gloucester Rugby and we look forward to seeing him finish his time here on a high.”