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Gloucester Rugby duo pen new contracts to remain at Kingsholm

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Gloucester Rugby are delighted this morning to confirm that backs Mark Atkinson and David Halaifonua have agreed new deals with the Cherry and Whites.

Centre Atkinson joined the club from Bedford Blues ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, making 24 appearances and scoring 4 tries in his debut season at Kingsholm.
 
The versatile midfielder, who turned 26 on Tuesday, has proved himself to be a valuable member of the squad, and his offloading and powerful running add a different option to the Gloucester midfield.
 
The ex-Sale Sharks and Wasps man pens a new deal as he looks to build on his 12 appearances this season, including scoring a vital a match winning try in Zebre.
 
The Cherry and Whites have also moved quickly to secure the signature of Tongan international winger David Halaifonua.
 
Halaifonua, who starred for Tonga in Rugby World Cup 2015 has agreed a new deal after arriving from French side Bergerac in November 2014.
 
The 28-year old Pacific Islander scored his first try for the club against Worcester Warriors in October, and has become a dependable part of the Cherry and White backline.
 
Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about today's announcement as he continues to build his squad ahead of the 2016-17 season.
 
"Both Mark and David have proved to be hugely valuable members of our squad and, when they have been given the chance, they have impressed and done the jersey proud.
 
"Mark firstly provides us with a different attacking weapon with his ability to offload and break the line. But he also excels in whatever role we give him, be that in attack or defence.
 
"David again is a tough character, who shows huge commitment and I know he is loving his chance to represent a club like Gloucester.
 
"The coaching team are really impressed with their work rate both on and off the field, and we are challenging them now to go to the next level.”
 
Atkinson spoke to the club website about his new deal.
 
'I'm delighted to have signed a new contract. Having moved around a few times at the start of my career I have really found a home at Kingsholm, and love representing the club and seeing what it means to the fans on a weekly basis.
 
"I feel there is a lot more to come from me as a player and I look forward to the opportunities to prove myself further. The club is moving in a really exciting direction and it's something that I want to be a big part of.'
 
Halaifonua added.
 
"I really enjoying playing for the club, and running in front of The Shed is a special experience for me. I want to keep developing as a player, and this is the club that I want to do it with.

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