Fiji call on Gloucester's Qera
November 6, 2012
Akapusi Qera has shone for Gloucester this term © Getty Images
Gloucester's Akapusi Qera has been called into the Fiji squad ahead of their match with England on Saturday.
Qera had initially committed himself to Gloucester's fixtures during the autumn Test period but with the Fiji squad hit by a number of injuries, Qera is set to face England on Saturday. The 26 times-capped openside has been in blistering form this season, highlighted by a man-of-the-match display when Gloucester beat Leicester at Kingsholm.
After England, Fiji play Gloucester in a friendly three days later before tackling Ireland. Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies said the club believe Qera's release will be for one game only.
"We received a request this morning from the Fijian management requesting Akapusi's services as they have been hit by withdrawals in their build-up," Davies said. "Under the current IRB (International Rugby Board) regulations in these circumstances, we can't actually prevent a player's release and we will obviously miss him because he has been in great form for us.
"However, we are of the understanding that this is just for the one match, so we look forward to him returning to the club very shortly and we wish him well in the meantime."
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