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.
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.