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."
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.