Oct 23, 2015
A foot in both camps - Gloucester
Saracens face Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm in tonight’s round 2 Aviva Premiership clash.
We take a look at some players who have represented both clubs during their playing careers.
The mercurial Australian lynchpin was a popular figure during his stint at Vicarage Road. A classy player and distributor, McRae was equally adept at full-back as he was as in No.10 jersey. He made 15 league appearances for the Men in Black during the 2000-2001 season, before moving back to his homeland to play for NSW Waratahs. In 2003 he moved to Gloucester where he played at Kingsholm for two seasons.
The Argentinean born Italian international signed for Gloucester in 2006 and fast became one of the Premierships most adept scrummagers. After three seasons at the Kinghsolm club he made the move to Saracens where he would make 100 appearances for the Men in Black. Nieto was regarded as one the games finest set-piece technicians and was a popular figure with fans and players alike during his stint with the two clubs.
Known for his cavalier approach to the game, Mapletoft was an outside half who gained cult status with Gloucester during his two year stint at Kingsholm, in a period where he would gain his only England cap. He moved to Saracens in the 1999-2000 where he played 12 league games for the club, before moving onto Harlequins and later London Irish. He is now a member of Conor O’Shea’s backroom staff at The Stoop.