Simpson-Daniel one of five Gloucester extensions

Former England winger James Simpson-Daniel is one of five new contract signings
with Premiership Rugby club Gloucester Rugby.

Along with Simpson-Daniel, Darren Dawidiuk, Shaun Knight, Charlie Sharples
and Elliott Stooke have all signed new contracts with the club.

Dawidiuk is in his fifth season with Gloucester having signed from the Cornish
Pirates. Since his arrival, he has been a regular in the first team squad and
made 80 first team appearances.

The Truro born hooker brings an abrasive presence to the Gloucester front row
and always impresses with his work in the set piece.

Shaun Knight, Gloucester born and bred, is another success story for the Gloucester
Rugby Academy. He possesses a fine Gloucester Rugby pedigree with his father
having represented the club during his playing career.

A former England U20 cap, he has amassed considerable first team experience
over the past few seasons, and earned selection for the England Saxons.

Charlie Sharples is one of the club’s biggest recent success stories, having
come through the Academy system. The pacey winger, capped four times by England,
boasts a superb strike rate with 47 tries from 108 competitive starts.

A constant threat with ball in hand, a buzz goes around Kingsholm every time
the 25 year old gets attacking ball to work with.

James Simpson-Daniel needs no introduction. Destined to go down as a Gloucester
legend, he has made well over 250 competitive appearances over 14 seasons.

A one club man, Gloucester supporters will be pleased to see him extend his
stay at Kingsholm whilst also wondering why he only has ten caps for England.

Finally, 20 year Elliott Stooke has enjoyed an amazing few months. He was part
of the England U20 squad that won the Junior World Championship for the first
back in June.

Upon his return to Gloucester, he has enjoyed a tremendous season to date,
making 15 competitive first team appearances and scoring a try against Northampton
Saints on his first Premiership start.

Director of Rugby Nigel Davies confirmed that the five players agreeing new
deals is very positive news for the club, and that recruitment for 2013-14 is
coming along nicely.

“I’m delighted that all four of them have committed their futures to Gloucester
Rugby. Charlie, Darren, James and Shaun have been a big part of the club’s success
in recent years and Elliott has a huge future in front of him.

“It’s been a busy couple of months for us on top of the re-signings announced
before Christmas and the arrivals next season of John Afoa and Richard Hibbard.

“The players can see where the club is heading, and are excited to be
a part of that going forward. Their commitment speaks volumes.

“And, once again, it’s a testimony to the hard work and commitment of
everyone at the club. We’re able to invest significantly in our team thanks
to the backing of our board, the continued financial success of Gloucester Rugby
and the significant investment made by our partners, sponsors and supporters.”

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