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Guido Volpi to Join URC Side Zebre

We can announce that back row Guido Volpi will leave Doncaster Knights to join United Rugby Championship (URC) side, Zebre, in Italy at the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 26-year-old forward originally signed for the Knights from Welsh URC side Ospreys ahead of the 2021/22 season following an initial successful loan period in Yorkshire during the preceding season.

Featuring in the Knights pack in 17 out of 20 league games this season, as well as 3 games in the Championship Cup, Guido has been an athletic addition to the Knights pack and a powerful defensive tool to have in the arsenal. A cheerful face off the field, Guido’s focus and commitment on the pitch have been evident to see.

To play on Italian soil for a well-respected team like Zebre is a great opportunity for Guido, but he says it will still be a hard goodbye he has to say to the Knights.

“I’ve had the best time ever at Doncaster Knights. I’ve enjoyed every second of my time here, both on and off the pitch. It is the first time in a long time where I wake up every morning looking forward to going to work.

“This is all mainly because of the group of friends we have made and the environment we have created together. I have most definitely made good friends for life, and I will never forget this experience.

“Everyday life with this squad is probably what I will miss the most. Winning and celebrating our accomplishments together and ensuring we can improve as much as possible, has all been great.

“You feel that you are not playing just for yourself but for the people around you who you care about. I will really miss Doncaster. My time here has been an absolute dream.”

Zebre are currently sitting in 16th position in the URC table and will have their determined pack bolstered by the arrival of Guido next season to try to drive the team forward.

Whilst his move to Italy is fast approaching, Guido will remain committed to Doncaster Knights and the Championship Cup campaign until the conclusion of the season.

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