Gloucester Rugby have been given a boost ahead of this weekend’s LV= Cup fixture at home to the Newport Gwent Dragons with the news that club captain Mike Tindall has signed a new contract with the club.

The Otley born centre will now extend his Gloucester Rugby career into a seventh season during which time he has made in excess of 100 appearances for the club.

Tindall, currently skippering his country in the RBS 6 Nations, has enjoyed a glittering career for club and country including, of course, winning a World Cup Winners medal in 2003.

His Gloucester career has seen him widely hailed as one of the club’s most influential and consistent performers and his leadership skills have seen a natural progression into the captaincy role.

Talking to the club website this week Tindall confirmed that it had been a straightforward decision.

“I didn’t really entertain the idea of being anywhere else to be honest. I love the club, the supporters, the area. Signing on again wasn’t a difficult decision.”

“Brush (Bryan Redpath) and the other coaches have created a great atmosphere around the club and we’re all enjoying our rugby.”

“This season has been good but we still have some massive games to come which will determine exactly how good it will have been once it’s all over. I’m looking forward to playing my part.”

Head Coach Bryan Redpath admitted he was delighted to secure the services of his skipper:

“Tins has been a huge part of what we’ve achieved to date and will be a big part of what’s to come.”

“He’s an influential figure on and off the pitch and having him on board is a big bonus for us.”