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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2007, 10:57 GMT 11:57 UK
Gloucester sign Fiji flanker Qera
Akapusi Qera
Qera finished behind Vijay Singh in Fiji's Sportsman of the Year awards
Gloucester have completed the signing of Fiji international Akapusi Qera from National League One club Pertemps Bees.

The 23-year-old open-side, who has 16 caps for his country after making his debut in 2005, scored 16 tries in an impressive season for the Bees.

"In Akapusi, I think we have unearthed someone who can have a real impact on the Premiership," said coach Dean Ryan.

"The English first division is a tough league but his try-scoring ratio for a forward is exceptional."

Qera was promoted from the Fiji under-21s to make his senior international debut in July 2005 against Samoa.

In 2006 he was top scorer for the Fiji Warriors in the IRB Pacific Cup with four tries in six matches.

And he out-sprinted the Japan back-line to score a length-of-the-field try to seal victory in Osaka last July.

Qera was voted as Fiji's Rugby Player of the Year in January and was recently runner-up behind golfer Vijay Singh in the country's Sportsman of the Year awards.

"I owe everyone at Pertemps Bees a big thanks for giving me the opportunity to get started in England, but when Gloucester offered to meet with me everyone said it would be the ideal place to go next," he said.

"It was good to speak with Dean Ryan and see the training ground and Kingsholm - the quality of facilities and support is everything you would expect for a team that is top of the Premiership.

"I know that the style of rugby Gloucester play will suit my game, and now I can't wait to do as well as I can for Fiji this summer at the World Cup then get to work at my new club."

SEE ALSO
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28 Mar 07 |  Rugby Union


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