Gloucester Rugby are pleased to confirm that Fijian dual-code international Semi Tadulala has joined the club until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old winger, who was capped by Fiji against Romania in November, has successfully obtained his rugby union work permit and is in line for his debut Gloucester 1st XV appearance against Worcester in the LV= Cup this weekend.
Born in Fiji but brought up in Australia, Tadulala first came to prominence representing Fiji in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup before joining Melbourne Storm where he stayed for three seasons.
He then moved to the UK to join the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats where he scored 35 tries in 85 appearances before signing for Bradford Bulls in September 2007. He scored eight tries, including two hat-tricks, for the Bulls in his first eight games, and finished both the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the club's leading try scorer.
Tadulala has been training with Gloucester for some weeks now, but his appearances for Gloucester have been restricted to a couple of A League outings whilst his work permit issues were resolved.
"We're really pleased that Semi can now be properly registered with the RFU and is eligible for selection," said Gloucester Head Coach, Bryan Redpath.
"He had an impressive try-scoring record in League, and it's now up to us and Semi to see if we can transfer some of those skills to the 15-a-side game. He's been training really hard with us and is a positive influence to have around the group, so we look forward to getting him involved."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.