Gloucester Completes Hayward Signing
November 16, 1999
As expected, Gloucester have completed the signing of Llanelli utility back Byron Hayward.
Hayward, capped twice for Wales, was at Kingsholm on Sunday to see his new team beat Saracens 22-19.
"The atmosphere was electric - and this was only a league game," he said. "The atmosphere was like a SWALEC Cup semi final match. It is one of the reasons that my first choice was Gloucester - they are passionate about their rugby here. I am also impressed by the club. There is a good and professional set-up here at Gloucester under Philippe Saint-André."
Hayward said he was looking forward to playing his part in the revival of rugby at Gloucester. "I know that Philippe's target is for a top four finish," he said. "But it would be quite something if Gloucester could win the Allied Dunbar Premiership this year."
Hayward, who has signed a two-year contract, could be available to play for Gloucester in their European Shield opener against Biarritz Olympique at Kingsholm on Saturday November 20.
Another newcomer at Kingsholm is All Black lock who is due to arrive in Gloucester this week after a break following his World Cup duty with New Zealand.