JAKE BOER, Gloucester Rugby's South African-born flanker, has agreed a new one-year contract extension to remain at Kingsholm until 2007.
One of the most influential members of Dean Ryan's squad, Boer is re-establishing the sort of form that carried him to the Zurich Premiership player of the year award in 2003 - the same season he lifted the Powergen Cup with Gloucester - and the same campaign when he walked away with the Overseas Player of the Year award.
Arguably Gloucester's form back rower at present, Boer joined Gloucester in 2000 from London Irish and has since made 127 Premiership appearances with 20 tries for the club as well as enjoying a stint as captain.
"I love playing for Gloucester - I always have and always will," Boer said. "Last season was not the easiest for anyone involved with the club but I feel I am getting back to the form of a couple of season's ago.
"I don't think my effort and commitment has ever been in question and now I just want to concentrate on getting Gloucester as far up the Guinness Premiership as possible and continuing our quest in Europe.
"To have the security of another year is really pleasing and I just want to get on with the rest of the season now - I am delighted everything has been concluded."
Equally at home at number six or eight, Boer produced an outstanding performance against Leicester last weekend and Ryan added: "I am delighted Jake has signed for another year - at present he is our form back row forward.
"He has consistently made top-quality contributions and that is a very important factor with a lot of young players coming through behind.
"I think he is back to where he was a year or so a go when he was one of Gloucester's stand-out performers. He does the majority of his talking on the field and is hugely competitive which is why we want him around."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.