Australian international hooker James Hanson has joined Gloucester on a short-term deal prior to the start of next year’s Super Rugby competition.
The experienced front-rower, who arrived at Kingsholm this weekend and who starts training with his new team-mates immediately, has 12 international appearances to his name, after making his debut for the Wallabies in 2012.
The 29-year old who has also represented the Barbarians, has spent the majority of his professional career with the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, before making the switch to the Melbourne Rebels ahead of the last Super Rugby season.
Brisbane-born Hanson made 15 appearances for the Melbourne Rebels in the recent Super Rugby competition to take his overall tournament tally into three figures, and has now made the short-term switch to the Cherry and Whites for his first taste of English domestic rugby, and the Premiership.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys is excited to welcome Hanson into the playing group at Kingsholm.
“We have been looking to add some experience and strength in depth to our squad in this position. It is our goal to create competition for every shirt, and a player of James’ quality is a strong addition to our group.
“James knows what it takes to perform on the top level, and he is excited to represent Gloucester and experience what life is like in the Premiership.”
Speaking to the club website this morning, Hanson said that he is excited to get cracking with the Cherry and Whites.
“I have been keeping an eye on the club, and watching some of the games this season, I’m really excited to get involved where I can. I can see the enormous passion for the jersey, and I’m looking forward to being involved.
“Being coached by Johan [Ackermann] was a big part of why I was excited to come over here.”