Image © Martin Bennett/Gloucester Rugby
The relationship between Gloucester Rugby and The Property Jungle is due to Mike Smithson's wife, Maddy Smithson, who owns a children's entertainment business, Smiley Cats. Smiley Cats provided face painting services at Gloucester Rugby's home games during the 2008/2009 season and Mike got hooked after going to see her at work and then watching Gloucester beat Bath from a rowdy vantage point in the Shed. Although not a life-long supporter of the club, Mike has been loyal to the cause for over five years and is now an active 1873 Club member, attending evey home game and frequently travelling to away games.
So it gives The Property Jungle some pride to see our sponsored player, Akapusi Qera, or 'Q' as he is known in the stands, nominated for Aviva Premiership player of the season. It's not the first time that Qera has made the shortlist - in 2007-2008 season he was nominated, but finished as runner up to Gloucester team-mate, James Simpson-Daniel.
Akapusi Qera is a Fijian rugby union player, and plays flanker for Gloucester Rugby. Sport runs deep in Qera's family, his dad was an international cricketer for Fiji and his brother played international rugby. In 2007 Qera was nominated for Fiji sportsman of the year and came runner up to golfer Vijay Singh.
At the end of every Aviva Premiership Rugby season, players with exceptional talent are nominated by a selection of media professionals for the player of the season award. The awards will be made on the 9th of May at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
This seasons nominees are:
- Steve Borthwick - Saracens
- Danny Care - Harlequins
- Akapusi Qera - Gloucester Rugby
- Julian Salvi - Leicester Tigers
- Christian Wade - London Wasps
- Tom Youngs - Leicester Tigers
The Property Jungle wishes Akapusi Qera the best of luck in winning the award, having seen Qera play this season he truly does deserve it.