A rugby world cup winner with New Zealand, prop John Afoa will be making the short trip down the M5 when he leaves Gloucester rugby at the end of the 2017/18 season to join local rivals Bristol Rugby.

Afoa confirmed that he has loved his time with the Cherry & Whites but is looking forward to new challenges;

“It’s been a fantastic four seasons here at Gloucester. My family and I have come to love the club, the supporters and the city. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

“But I probably have a couple more seasons left in me and I wanted to experience a different sort of challenge before I hang up my boots. Gloucester have been really good to me, and there was the chance to stay but Bristol is an exciting project.

“That’s all a few months down the line though. We’ve still got heaps to play for here at Gloucester and I can assure everybody that’ll I’ll be giving it absolutely everything to make sure this season is as successful as possible for the club.”