LUKE NARRAWAY, Gloucester's impressive young number eight, has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Kingsholm until June 2008.
The 23-year-old has made 44 appearances in all competitions since his Premiership debut against Leeds in 2003 and this season he made 18 appearances, scoring two tries. The former England Under-21 and Sevens international is most at home at number eight but can also feature on the flank.
"Luke is already a very good athlete, is versatile and offers plenty of options for us in the back row," said head coach Dean Ryan. "This season he will have learnt a lot following his exposure in the Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership and we want him to build on it next season.
"We are really pleased with the way the squad has taken shape over the last few months - I firmly believe it will benefit greatly from the last year it has had together and Luke will play an important part in that."
Narraway, who went to school at King's Worcester, added: "We are building something special at this club and I just want the chance to play a part in what Dean Ryan and the rest of the squad are trying to achieve.
"By finishing top of the Guinness Premiership this season we showed we have the quality, durability and desire to consistently challenge for titles.
"The recruitment that has already taken place shows exactly where the club aims to be in the future and I think everyone associated is feeling really positive about next season."
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.