FORMER Gloucester favourite Akapusi Qera has joined Championship side Hartpury for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

The Fijian international, universally known as ‘Q’, has been a free agent since the end of last season when he left French Top14 club Agen.

He has been training with Hartpury for the last few weeks and is close to match fitness.  There is one final piece of paperwork required – believed to be a formality that will be completed this week – before he is eligible for selection.

Qera was voted as Gloucester’s player-of-the-season in 2009-10, after being nominated as the Guinness Premiership player-of-the-year in his first season with the club.

Hartpury’s director of rugby John Barnes said: “Q is an experienced signing and a player that (head coach) Mark Cornwell knows well, having initially brought him from Birmingham Bees to Gloucester.

“He will add a huge amount of experience and some much-needed physicality, which we’ve lacked this season so far.

“He will also help our young players in their development, which is always crucial to signing players of his quality.  We are looking for him to add value to our programme, both on the pitch and off.”

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