Updated: Wednesday, 01 January 2014 02:09 | By Agence France-Presse

Fijian international Qera to join Toulouse

Fiji flanker Akapusi Qera has left Gloucester for Top 14 giants Toulouse, the English club announced on Tuesday.

Fijian international Qera to join Toulouse

Fiji's Akapusi Qera in Hamilton, New Zealand on October 2, 2011

The 29 year-old international, who has been with Gloucester since 2007, was contracted to the end of the season.

But Toulouse, who currently lie fifth in the Top 14, made an official approach for Qera and reached a deal with Gloucester on adequate compensation for the time remaining on his contract.

"We are naturally disappointed to lose Q (Qera) at this time. However, on his return from the Autumn internationals, he requested for his own reasons to be released from his contract early," said Gloucester's director of rugby Nigel Davies.

Qera added: "For personal reasons, I feel the time is right for me to move on from Gloucester Rugby now after the last seven seasons at Kingsholm.

"I would like to thank the club and its supporters for the backing they have given me over the years, and my time at Gloucester will always be close to my heart."

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