Gloucester lose Qera to Fiji call-up

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Akapusi Qera has been drafted into Fiji's injury-hit squad

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Akapusi Qera has been drafted into Fiji's injury-hit squad

Gloucester's in-form flanker Akapusi Qera has been called into the Fiji squad ahead of next Saturday's clash against England at Twickenham.

Qera, 28, had initially committed himself to Gloucester's fixtures throughout the autumn Test period.

But the Aviva Premiership club have confirmed a request from the Fijian management for Qera to link up with them.

The Fiji squad has been hit by injuries, but Qera's probable Twickenham appearance will lift the South Sea Islanders.

The openside has been in blistering form this season, highlighted by a man-of-the-match display when Gloucester beat Leicester at Kingsholm nine days ago.

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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