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Jaco Kriel: Gloucester release South African flanker to return home

Jaco Kriel played five games for Gloucester this season – and scored a try against Bath in October

Gloucester have released flanker Jaco Kriel from his contract so he can return to South Africa and rejoin Super Rugby side the Lions.

The 30-year-old moved to Kingsholm for the 2018-19 season but injuries have restricted him to 20 appearances.

He has not played for Gloucester since November because of an ankle problem.

“We are fortunate that the back row is a position of strength for us,” Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys told the club website.