Qera in talks for an England return

Former Flying Fijian second five eighth Seremaia Bai. Picture: SUPPLIED/WORLD RUGBY

FIJI Airways Flying Fijian backrow Akapusi Qera is in talks about a return to England after a four-year stint in France, as he looks for game-time ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

Qera played for seven years in the Premiership with Gloucester.

He moved to France to play for Toulouse, going subsequently to Montpellier and then to Agen, who released him at the end of last season.

Qera has been on the lookout for a new club since.

Qera was not part of the 29-man Fiji squad named by head coach John McKee earlier this month for Fiji’s November internationals and wasn’t even on the 8-man standby list.

Fiji are due to play Scotland on November 10th, followed by France on November 24th.

Now it’s been revealed that the 34-year-old is in talks with English second tier club Hartpury.

“We’ve spoken to him and we’re in negotiations to try and get him in,” Hartpury head coach Mark Cornwell told Gloucestershire Live.”There are a few things to sort out, things like the visa and work permit, but we’re in the process of looking into all that.”

Qera captained Fiji at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when they failed to get out of a tricky Pool A which contained hosts England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay.

Fiji are in Pool D for the 2019 tournament, alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay.

Fiji November International Squad:
Campese MaƔfu, Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Sam Matavesi, Kalivati Tawake, Manasa Saulo, Ropate Rinakama, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Albert Tuisue, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato, Mosese Voka, Viliame Mata, Nemani Nagusa, Frank Lomani, Henry Seniloli, Ben Volavola, Alivereti Veitokani, Eroni Vasiteri, Jale Vatubua, Semi Radradra,Vereniki Goneva, Josua Tuisova, Setareki Tuicuvu, Metuisela Talebula, Eroni Sau

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