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Gloucester snap up Kalamafoni

Gloucester have announced Tongan back row forward Sione Kalamafoni will join them from Nottingham for next season.

The 23-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Championship club and started three of his country's matches at the 2011 World Cup as blindside flanker, coming on as a replacement in the fourth.

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath said: "I'm delighted that Sione has agreed to join us as he's proved himself to be one of the stand out players in the Championship and there was a lot of interest in him."

He added: "He's proven himself to be a capable performer at international level and we think he's got what it takes to make a real impression in the Aviva Premiership."

Kalamafoni added on his decision to make the move: "It was hard and very easy at the same time.

"I'm sad to leave the first professional club that I joined, and Nottingham has been very good helping me on and off the pitch. And then it is very easy wanting to go to a Premiership club like Gloucester."

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