Gloucester Rugby have confirmed that Argentina international Mariano Galarza will exit the Gallagher Premiership club with immediate effect.
Galarza, who has played 25 Tests for Argentina between 2010 and 2015 will now head to French club Bordeaux-Begles.
The 31-year-old lock made his professional rugby debut with Leinster in 2010 and has also represented Worcester Warriors before joining the Cherry and Whites in 2014. He was also part of the Gloucester side that clinched the European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2015.
“I have loved every minute of my time with Gloucester Rugby. It’s been more than a club, it’s been like a family to me and I had to think long and hard before deciding to move,” he said.
“But this is a great opportunity to play club rugby in France and also for my family and myself to experience life in a different country.
“I’ve made friends for life here at Gloucester Rugby and it will always have a special place in my heart. There is so much that I will miss, but especially matchdays at Kingsholm, in particular the supporters who have always treated me so well.”
Gloucester are currently positioned fifth in the Gallagher Premiership table with two wins from five games and will face Wasps next at Ricoh Arena on 6th October.