Peter Buxton, one of Gloucester Rugby's longest serving players, has signed a new 2 year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2011-12 season.
Cheltenham born Buxton was one of Nigel Melville's first signings for the club when he joined from Newport back in 2002 and has since gone on to become one of Gloucester's most durable and consistent performers of the modern era.
He was part of the squad that topped the table in the 2002-3, 2006-7 and 2007-8 seasons, played in the team that won the Powergen Cup in 2003 and captained Gloucester to victory over London Irish in the European Challenge Cup victory in 2006.
Capable of playing in the second row as well as on the blindside flank, he adds a wealth of experience to Bryan Redpath's squad and made his 200th first team appearance for the club against Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday.
'Bucko' as he is affectionately known to the Kingsholm faithful told the club website that he never contemplated being anywhere else next season.
"I've been here a long time and it's home to me. It's a great club with fantastic supporters. Being from Cheltenham, I followed Gloucester as a youngster so it's always been my team."
"We're really building something for next season as you can see from the other players signing contracts recently and I'm really happy to be part of that."
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.