Semi Kunatani of Harlequins is one of 13 players unveiled by French Top 14 side Castres as a new signing for the 2020/21 season. The Fijian ran into controversy after he returned to Fiji at the start of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Before
Kunatani left for the shutdown, there was no firm indication that he
would be exiting Harlequins following a two-season stay. However, it has
now emerged that a February 29 appearance in the Gallagher Premiership in the win over Exeter Chiefs was his final outing for Paul Gustard’s side. 

Having previously spent three years in the French Top 14 with Toulouse before his switch to England, the 29-year-old now heads back across the Channel to link up with a phalanx of new players signed by the 2013 and 2018 champions.

Kunatani said: “I’ve been honoured to play for a club as famous as
Harlequins over the last two seasons. Even as a young kid in Fiji, I
grew up knowing about the famous jersey. It is a great source of pride
to me to have worn the colours and be able to call myself a Harlequin.

“I
want to thank all my teammates, coaches, and staff for making my time
here so enjoyable. Knowing the squad as I do, I’m excited to see what
they can go on to achieve with so many exciting young players.”

Kunatani, who played for Fiji at the recent World Cup in Japan, isn’t the only Fijian incoming at the club as centres Vilimoni Votitu (21, Fiji Sevens) and Adrea Cocagi (26, Perpignan), as well as wingers Bastien Guillemin (22, Grenoble) and Osea Waqaninavatu (20, Fijian Drua) have also been signed for the new season.

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