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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.
After a tense opening half hour in Parma, the game turned just before half time as the home team had David Odiete red carded and Gloucester took full advantage, running in three second half tries to secure the bonus point and the victory over Zebre by 32 points to 16.