Gloucester Rugby were well represented on the international stage this weekend with five Cherry and White players being called up to play for their country. Matias Alemanno was on duty for Argentina, Chris Harris for Scotland, Jake Polledri and Stephen Varney for Italy and Jonny May played for England.
The Gloucester Rugby second row was part of a historic performance which saw Argentina beat New Zealand for the first time in history.
The Pumas beat the All Blacks 25-15 in their first international game in 402 days and they had never beaten the Kiwis before in the 30 matches they played against each other spanning across 35 years.
Alemanno put in a solid shift and was physical, hitting rucks, making tackles and threw his weight around in the mauls and scrums.
The Cherry and White centre helped Scotland to a 28-17 victory in what was a battle against Italy that could have gone either way in the opening round of the Autumn Nations Cup.
Harris was instrumental in the midfield and played a key role in both attack and defence and will be pleased to have extended Scotland’s winning streak to five games.
Jake Polledri and Stephen Varney
Stephen Varney made his debut for Italy when he came on in the second half and instantly upped the tempo of the Italian game. Scotland were too strong and came away with the 28-17 victory but it was a close contest for much of the 80 minutes.
The Gloucester Rugby academy product shone when given the opportunity to play in the first team last season and impressed enough to get a call up to Italy’s Six Nations squad earlier on in the year.
Jake Polledri was at his best, carrying with the aggression and physicality that we often see at Kingsholm. The number 8 was making his 19th appearance for Italy but sadly was forced off the pitch with an injury in the second half. You can find the injury update here.
Gloucester Rugby’s electric winger was part of a dominant England side which recorded a 40-0 win over Georgia at Twickenham. May looked sharp whenever he received the ball and made nine runs for 35m, the second furthest distance made behind Elliott Daly who made 43m.
Georgia were up for the test but were no match for England who are now top of their pool in the Autumn Nations Cup.
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next weekend in Round 1 of the Gallagher Premiership when they travel away to face Leicester Tigers.