Gloucester to host Fiji

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:13

Fiji will become the latest international side to play Gloucester at Kingsholm when the two teams meet on Tuesday, November 13.

Recent seasons have seen the likes of Australia, Georgia, Ireland and Samoa play at the home of Gloucester Rugby whilst 2011 Churchill Cup fixtures, featuring England Saxons, Italy A, Russia and Tonga were also held at Kingsholm.

Fiji have produced a number of world-class players in recent years, with a number playing their rugby in Europe.

Akapusi Qera has been a favourite at Kingsholm for several seasons and Apo Satala was a popular member of the squad a couple of years ago.
As a nation, they are best known for their success on the Sevens circuit, but the Flying Fijians are more than capable of giving any international side a run for their money.

Their most famous result was probably the 38-34 victory over Wales in Rugby World Cup 2007 which saw them reach the quarterfinal stage.
Kingsholm has proved to be a venue of choice for international fixtures in recent years, including being a home ground for the Barbarians on two occasions.

Fiji will thus be in good company when they take on Gloucester in November and it should be an occasion to remember, according to Gloucester Rugby Managing Director Chris Ferguson.

“Kingsholm is known, first and foremost, as the home of Gloucester Rugby. And we’re very proud of our stadium.

“But recent seasons have seen us welcome more and more international sides to Gloucester and we’ve proved time and again that we’re a venue capable of staging such fixtures.

“It’s not just about the stadium, of course. The Gloucester public love their rugby and have enthusiastically supported these matches when we have staged them. They help make them special occasions.

“It will be a first visit here for Fiji and we’re delighted to welcome them.  I am very pleased to say that it has been designated an international match so the Fijians will be performing their haka before the game.

“It should be a great night, an occasion to remember.”