Italy and Stade Francais captain Sergio Parisse, even at 33, remains one of the most powerful and effective back row forwards in the northern hemisphere.
With Stade in disarray, both on the pitch and off, the number eight may look to leave the club he’s been with since 2005 and The Rugby Paper is reporting that Gloucester are now seriously interested in bringing the veteran to the Kingsholm Stadium.
David Humphries’ side sit eighth in the Aviva Premiership after a mixed domestic campaign. They take on Cardiff Blues next weekend in the Challenge Cup quarter-final while Stade travel to Swansea to take on the Ospreys. The English side then face a crunch clash away to Newcastle with Champions Cup qualification still a possibility.
Parisse, having made almost 300 appearances for the French club, is set to leave a sinking ship at the end of the season with the Parisian club on the brink of both relegation from the Top 14 and liquidation.
The club were going to merge with nearby Racing from the start of next season but the deal was suddenly called off earlier this month.
Gloucester are also said to be interested in New Zealand’s Rory Grice, currently plying his trade in Grenoble.