Hanson on loan to Gloucester

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by Beth Newman

Rebels hooker James Hanson has landed in Gloucester, on a short-term loan deal.

Hanson is signed with the Rebels for 2018, but has accepted a contract with the English Premiership side until the start of Super Rugby next year, a similar move to that of lock Will Skelton with Saracens last year.

The English club announced the hooker's addition overnight on Twitter.

Hanson told Gloucester's website that working under former Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who took the South African franchise to two consecutive Super Rugby finals, was a major attraction in the move.

"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," he said.

"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."

The hooker has notched 100 Super Rugby caps - 82 for Queensland and 18 for the Rebels - and Gloucester rugby director David Humphreys said Hanson's experience would be crucial for the side.

"We have been looking to add some experience and strength in depth to our squad in this position," he said.

"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 Aviva Premiership."