Gloucester's second row forward Alex Brown has signed a new three-year contract that will keep the 25 year-old at Kingsholm until the summer of 2008.
The 6ft 6" forward, who has made 135 appearances (in all competitions) since his debut for Bristol in the 1999-2000 season, joined Gloucester in the summer of 2003 from the Shoguns and was an ever-present for the Kingsholm club during the last campaign.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Brown said: "I enjoy playing at Gloucester. I've never been part of something like we have here at Kingsholm. The fanatical support, the profile the club has in the area, the players, and one of the major parts is working with Nigel (Melville) and Dean (Ryan). I don't know many clubs who have what we have here, and it makes you a very proud player to be part of it."
Brown has hardly missed a game for Gloucester during his two seasons, and went on to set a new record of 87 consecutive Zurich Premiership appearances, when he played against Worcester in October.
His new milestone beat the previous record held by Bristol's Derek Eves, who made 81 appearances between the 89-90 and 94-95 seasons.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville was delighted to see one of his key men sign up for another three years.
"We're delighted Alex has signed as we've seen off a lot of competition from other clubs. His commitment to sign for three years demonstrates his loyalty to this club. He loves it here and he's a major part of the team at Gloucester."
Commenting on his decision, Brown added: "It's a nice compliment when other teams want to talk to you. Gloucester were very good with the entire process and we sorted everything out very quickly and the management made it an easy decision."
Brown's signature follows the recent new contracts for Phil Vickery, Terry Sigley, Peter Buxton and Andy Hazell.
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.