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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.