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Gloucester Rugby boost back-line resources with signing of David Halaifonua

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The Tongan contingent at Kingsholm has increased by one today with the news that David Halaifonua has signed for Gloucester Rugby.

The 27 year old, who was part of the recent Tonga autumn international squad, will link up with international team-mates Sione Kalamafoni, Aleki Lutui and Sila Puafisi subject to visa approval.

In fact, Gloucester Rugby supporters will have had a chance to watch him in person recently as he played on the right wing for Tonga against the USA in the recent international fixture at Kingsholm.

Also capable of playing full-back, he certainly made a positive impression that day, putting in some big tackles, setting up full-back Vungakoto Lilo for one try before scoring one himself.

Director of Rugby David Humphreys confirmed to the club website that Halaifonua will add bring some much needed depth to the Gloucester squad.

"David will bring something different to what we already have at the club and provides some cover for the loss of James Simpson-Daniel and, more recently, the departure of Tom Isaacs. We've watched him for some time and obviously had the chance to see him first hand during Tonga's recent internationals.

"We're looking forward to welcoming him on board, adding more international quality to the squad and seeing him contribute for what is an exciting second half of the season."

Halaifonua himself admitted that he's delighted to be returning to Kingsholm so quickly.

"I'm very happy to have joined Gloucester Rugby, and very grateful for the opportunity to play at the highest level in England.

"Before I played at Kingsholm, the other boys told me what a great place it was to play, and I loved every minute of the game against the USA.

"To join Gloucester is a great honour, especially to join my international team-mates and I'm looking forward to the challenge."
 

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