Satala is back in cherry and white to answer sevens SOS
APO Satala has answered Gloucester's sevens distress call – three years after leaving Kingsholm.
The 34-year-old Fijian marauder has jumped at the chance to solve Gloucester's manpower shortage, to join the squad for tomorrow's JP Morgan Premiership Sevens finals night.
Short-format specialist Satala will replace shoulder injury victim Tom Ailes in Gloucester's squad for tomorrow's sevens action at Bath's Recreation Ground (kick-off 7pm).
The bulk of Gloucester's senior squad travelled from Tignes in the Alps to Toulon yesterday, gearing up for tomorrow night's Stade Mayol clash against the reigning Heineken Cup champions.
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Hartpury RFC have their first pre-season match on Saturday, making the challenging trip to Ealing Trailfinders.
Doubtless a host of Gloucester academy men will be involved in that contest, leaving Gloucester's sevens resources somewhat denuded.
Gloucester's sevens coach Olly Morgan moved swiftly to resolve the problem yesterday, when Ailes was ruled out.
Backing Satala to pack just as hefty a punch as ever, Gloucester full-back Morgan said the experienced sevens operator will slot seamlessly into preparations.
Morgan explained: "Apo knows what it means to represent Gloucester and uphold all the values of the club.
"He keeps himself in fantastic shape, is the right kind of player to replace Tom, and he didn't have to think twice about agreeing to get involved.
"I know Apo well from his time at the club, and I know he will give everything he has to Friday night's challenge."
Satala made 30 Cherry and Whites appearances between 2008 and 2010, before a move to Sale Sharks fell by the wayside.
After a stint in National Two South with Taunton, the full-time Army private has been focusing on invitational sevens tournaments and training with Fiji Sevens.
A two-time Middlesex Sevens winner with the British Armed Forces, Satala has extensive experience with Fiji's short-format national side.