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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.