Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce that England international number eight Luke Narraway has signed a two-year extension to his current contract that keeps him at Kingsholm until June 2012.
The 26-year-old, who joined Gloucester's academy straight from Kings School in Worcester, has made more than 100 appearances for the club since his debut away at Leeds in 2003.
Having represented England at U18, U21 and Saxons levels, Narraway made his full England debut against Wales at Twickenham in the 2008 Six Nations Championship. On the summer tour of New Zealand later that year, he confirmed his status as one of the country's leading back row forwards with a series of excellent displays, and has now won 7 caps in total.
Head Coach Bryan Redpath admitted that Narraway's is a key signing for the club:
"We're very pleased that Luke has committed to Gloucester as, on his day, he is one of the best number eights in the game."
"Luke's played all his rugby here and understands what it takes to be a Gloucester player. His challenge now is to continue to develop his game and deliver consistency so he can achieve his club and international ambitions, and we'll work hard to help him achieve this."
Narraway himself admitted that interest from elsewhere was flattering but that it wasn't a difficult decision to commit to Gloucester.
"The spirit in the squad is probably the best I've known since I've been at Gloucester, and the results over the last few weeks show that we're moving in the right direction," he said.
"Gloucester is a special place to play rugby - the stadium, the supporters, training facilities and off-field set-up; it's the whole package."
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.