Former Gloucester and England prop Trevor Woodman has announced that he is retiring from rugby after failing to recover from a lower back injury that he sustained while training with Sale Sharks in September 2004.
Talking publicly about his retirement for the first time earlier today Trevor, who made his debut for the Kingsholm club in the mid 1990s, said: "I believe I have done everything I can to come back from this injury, consulting a number of top physios both in this country and abroad. It has been an incredibly frustrating time for me but I have some great memories from Rugby and hope that I will remain involved with the sport in some way".
Having turned professional in 1996 with Gloucester, Trevor (also known as Dougie) gained 22 caps for England, and was a key part of the Gloucester set-up before moving on in 2004. He played alongside Club team mate Phil Vickery in the England side that won the 2003 World Cup in Australia.
Talking on Wednesday evening Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan said: "Dougie's retirement is a huge loss to English rugby. He was one of the best new breed of props, and on the brink of realising his true potential. On behalf of everyone at Gloucester Rugby I'd like to wish him well for the future."
England Head Coach Andy Robinson OBE added: "On behalf of the England squad I was very sorry to hear that Trevor was retiring from rugby. He has been an outstanding player for club and country and he made an important contribution to the success of the RWC 2003 campaign. I'd like to wish him every success in whatever he chooses to do in the future."
Trevor's initial target is to continue with his rehabilitation programme and reduce the pain he is experiencing, before looking at future career options.
Everyone at Gloucester Rugby would like to wish Dougie all the best for the future and look forward to seeing him in the stands at Kingsholm for the new season.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.
With a fantastic rugby season coming to a thrilling climax and the prospect of the world's best battling it out in our back garden in September and October, there has never been a better time to quiz your Gloucester Rugby and home nation heroes on what makes them tick.