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Hulking Fijian Olympic Sevens gold medallist Kunatani on his way to Premiership

Harlequins have signed Fijian Olympic Games gold medal winner Semi Kunatani from Toulouse

Kunatani was a member of the Fijian Sevens team that won the gold medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He played in all six matches in the tournament and scored four tries in the final where Fiji defeated Great Britain by 43-7. He has also been capped the Fijian national team.

The 27-year-old, who is comfortable playing across the back row, joins the west London club from Toulouse where he has been based since the start of the 2015/16 season.

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Commenting on the signing, Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said, “I am delighted to welcome Semi to the club.  He is a precocious talent and someone I have been watching for a considerable time.  I am confident that our exceptional supporters will relish watching him play and give him their support as he embarks on the next stage of his young career.

“Semi offers us something completely different to our other back row brothers and given the attritional nature of the playing position and impending international call-ups, his signing gives us much-needed depth and adds further quality to the squad.

Speaking on his arrival from France, Semi Kunatani said, “I’m excited about joining Harlequins at the start of this new era for the club and looking forward to playing at The Stoop.   The club has many top players and this is a great opportunity for me to play with them and contribute to a successful team.”

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Hulking Fijian Olympic Sevens gold medallist Kunatani on his way to Premiership