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Fijian Qera called up for England clash - but still in running to play against his national side next week

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 05, 2012

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AKAPUSI Qera has been called into the Fiji squad for Saturday’s opening autumn international clash with England.

The Gloucester flanker had opted out of Fiji’s Northern Hemisphere tour in favour of fighting for a fruitful Cherry and Whites future under new boss Nigel Davies.

The 28-year-old told The Citizen turning down his national side – but not retiring from international rugby – had been one of his toughest decisions in rugby.

But no sooner had he made that call than the Fijian Rugby Union were in touch this week, asking for his services to ease a spate of injuries ahead of their clash with England at Twickenham this weekend.

The Fijian management have exercised their right under IRB rules to draw him into the national squad.

Openside flanker Qera is only expected to feature in the England clash – so could yet line up against his country for Gloucester at Kingsholm on Tuesday, November 13.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies confirmed Qera’s call-up for the England game, expecting to have the marauding loose forward available for selection next week.

Davies explained: “We received a request on Monday morning from the Fijian management requesting Akapusi's services as they have been hit by withdrawals in their build up.

“Under the current IRB regulations in these circumstances, we can’t actually prevent a player’s release and we’ll obviously miss him because he’s 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 wish him well in the meantime.”

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  • Gambonie  |  November 11 2012, 12:05PM

    I don't know when Rupert's contract renewal is due but I hope that Gloucester rugby has got that all in hand.

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  • Roon77  |  November 11 2012, 10:34AM

    Rupert Harden... Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head... It goes without saying.

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  • Karbonn  |  November 11 2012, 9:18AM

    Gloucester could well have done with Rupert on the field on Friday night.

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  • Buggsie  |  November 10 2012, 7:42PM

    It's definitely the same one.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  November 10 2012, 4:12PM

    glawsteruk1, another Harden hater or, more likely, the same one.

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  • Brasher  |  November 10 2012, 2:47PM

    glawsteruk1 wrote, "there I was thinking I knew my identity ". Have you drawn up a rota then?

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  • seanbulling  |  November 10 2012, 1:24PM

    "Dare to suggest that there are 14 other players on the field who are not called Rupert. "" It looks like the troll has been looking up Wikipedia again.

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  • CrunchMan  |  November 10 2012, 9:18AM

    I doubt that anyone else is confused by glawsteruk1's identity. He (also know as Gordon_P, akadau, graybaggs, GlosRugbyMan, RuckandRoller, sparkerdufer, etc. etc. etc.) has been worked out big time.

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  • mattw74  |  November 10 2012, 7:44AM

    Gloucester didn't cope without the likes of Harden, troll!

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  • SimonGray  |  November 09 2012, 11:18PM

    So you get confused about which identity you are using, I think most of us had noticed that already.

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