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Qera to move in January

31st December 2013 09:24

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Toulouse move: Akapusi Qera

Gloucester have confirmed that crowd favourite Akapusi Qera will leave the club at the end of the year to take up a contract with Top 14 side Toulouse.

The 29 year-old Fiji international, who has been at the club since 2007, has been the subject of an approach by the French side in recent weeks.

With an official agreement now reached on compensation for the time left on his contract, Qera will start with Toulouse on January 1.

Qera moved to Kingsholm from Championship side Pertemps Bees, following the conclusion of Rugby World Cup 2007, has gone on to make well in excess of 100 appearances for the club and was contracted until the end of the season.

"We are naturally disappointed to lose Q (Qera) at this time. However, on his return from the Autumn internationals, he requested for his own reasons to be released from his contract early," said Gloucester's Director of Rugby, Nigel Davies.

"On a personal level, it has been a pleasure working with Akapusi and I wish him well in his new career at Toulouse."

Qera said: "For personal reasons, I feel the time is right for me to move on from Gloucester Rugby now after the last seven seasons at Kingsholm.

"I would like to thank the Club and its supporters for the backing they have given me over the years, and my time at Gloucester will always be close to my heart."

The Fijian back row added: "It's clear Gloucester Rugby is right to return to strengthening its core rugby values, and I am grateful to the Club for the understanding that it has shown me in my wish to pursue this opportunity with Toulouse."

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