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Halaifonua to boost Gloucester’s back-line resources

Gloucester RFC

Gloucester have added more depth to their back-line option with the signing of Tonga international David Halaifonua.

The 27-year-old, who was part of the recent Tonga autumn international squad, will link up with fellow Pacific Islanders Sione Kalamafoni, Aleki Lutui and Sila Puafisi at Kingsholm subject to visa approval.

In fact, Gloucester fans already had a chance to watch him in person recently as he played on the right wing for Tonga against the USA in the recent international fixture at Kingsholm.

“I’m very happy to have joined Gloucester Rugby, and very grateful for the opportunity to play at the highest level in England,” he said.

“Before I played at Kingsholm, the other boys told me what a great place it was to play, and I loved every minute of the game against the USA.

“To join Gloucester is a great honour, especially to join my international team-mates and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Director of Rugby David Humphreys added: “David will bring something different to what we already have at the club and provides some cover for the loss of James Simpson-Daniel and, more recently, the departure of Tom Isaacs. We’ve watched him for some time and obviously had the chance to see him first hand during Tonga’s recent internationals.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him on board, adding more international quality to the squad and seeing him contribute for what is an exciting second half of the season.”

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