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Benetton Rugby Confirms Signing Of Bath Rugby Back Matt Gallagher

Benetton Rugby Confirms Signing Of Bath Rugby Back Matt Gallagher

Italian United Rugby Championship team Benetton Rugby has signed Bath Rugby backline player Matt Gallagher ahead of the 2024-2025 season.

Feb 15, 2024 by Philip Bendon
Benetton Rugby Confirms Signing Of Bath Rugby Back Matt Gallagher

Benetton Rugby has continued its recent signing spree, now confirming the addition of Bath Rugby’s Matt Gallagher.

The 27-year-old English back joins Benetton just days after the club secured the signature of Harlequins’ Louis Lynagh.

Lynagh subsequently has joined Gonzalo Quesada’s Italian Guinness Six Nations squad.

Gallagher, who joined Bath from Irish provincial side Munster, previously has represented England U20 (2016).

Son of Rugby World Cup-winning All Black John Gallagher, Benetton’s latest addition is eligible for England and Ireland, with initial reports linking him with a move back to Munster.

Now confirmed that he will be heading to Italy, Gallagher released a statement that said, “I’ve loved my time at Bath Rugby. I’ve probably played the most rugby consecutively in these two years, and I’ve loved every single moment of it.

“The boys have been fantastic ever since I walked through the door, Bath being a big rugby city and The Rec being right in the middle, it has been a really cool experience.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the fans. They’ve only shown encouragement to me and the rest of the players through the tough times and the good.

“No matter what, whether it’s been in the pouring rain or in glorious sunshine, they’ve been absolutely fantastic to me and made me feel very welcome. These last two years, I will never forget them.

“The decision to leave Bath at the end of this season was a very tough one to make because I am really enjoying my time here, we’ve still got a long way to go.

“We’ve got a great core group of players and a world-class coaching set-up, from Johann (van Graan), to Lee (Blackett), to JP (Ferreira), and all the backroom staff.

“Every bit of what we do here is aligned, so it was a really difficult decision to make but my grandparents live in the north of Italy so that was a big factor for me that I can see them a lot more.

“It’s also a big opportunity for me and my girlfriend to go and experience something different and we’re really excited.”

“That said, the season’s not done yet at Bath and we really, really want to push on hard and hopefully achieve some silverware at the end of it.”