Willi Heinz: Gloucester to sign Crusaders scrum-half

Willi Heinz
Willi Heinz becomes the third New Zealander to join Gloucester for next season

Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz will join Premiership side Gloucester for the 2015-16 season.

The 28-year-old has 57 Super Rugby caps and also captained Canterbury in the ITM Cup in his native New Zealand.

He is currently out of action after breaking his leg in January.

"I'm trying to get this leg right as quickly as possible so that, when I make the trip over to Gloucester, I'm fit, raring to go and ready to play my part straightaway," said Heinz.

"I've always taken an interest in the Premiership. It's hard, tough rugby and an outstanding competition.

"And there's the chance to play in Europe as well, which is an added draw. It's an intriguing prospect and I'm looking forward to taking part in it."

The Christchurch-born player is the third New Zealander confirmed as moving to Kingsholm next season, following lock Jeremy Thrush and utility back Tom Marshall.