Akapusi Qera completes move to Toulouse
December 31, 2013
Akapusi Qera played 94 Aviva Premiership matches for Gloucester, scoring 21 tries © Getty Images
Gloucester Rugby have confirmed Fijian flanker Akapusi Qera will join Toulouse on January 1.
Qera has recently been linked with a move to Toulouse as they look to bolster their back-row for the rest of the season. Qera says the move is due to "personal reasons" and Gloucester will look to use his wage to add to their squad.
"We are naturally disappointed to lose Q [Qera] at this time," Gloucester boss Nigel Davies said. "However, on his return from the Autumn internationals, he requested for his own reasons to be released from his contract early.
"As we continue to reshape the squad, we have a clear direction of where we want to be going forward. I am very pleased with the recruitment and retention of players we've already achieved and, thanks to the hard work and commitment from our team here, and with the backing of our board of directors and our supporters, there will be more positive news in the New Year as we continue this process."
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