James Hanson: Gloucester sign Australia hooker on permanent contract

James Hanson
James Hanson has played 12 times for Australia - his last cap coming in October 2016

Australia hooker James Hanson has signed a permanent contract with Gloucester after spending two and a half months with the Premiership side.

The 29-year-old signed on a short-term deal from Melbourne Rebels in September and had been set to return to the club.

However he has agreed an undisclosed-length contract to stay at Gloucester, where he has made seven appearances.

"It's a great bunch of lads and they've made me incredibly welcome from day one," Hanson told the club website.

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys added: "I'm delighted that James has agreed to extend his stay with the club and we're grateful to the Rebels for agreeing to release James from his contract."

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