Gloucester have confirmed that Wales and British and Irish Lions hooker Richard Hibbard has agreed a new contract to remain at Kingsholm.
The popular hooker is in his third season with the Cherry and Whites having moved from Welsh region the Ospreys in the summer of 2014.
Capped 38 times by Wales, Hibbard brings a wealth of experience to the position and quickly won over the home crowd with his all-action committed displays.
He has also proved to be durable, having made 56 appearances in total in his time at Kingsholm, 52 of them starts, and has scored three tries.
Gloucester have been looking to secure the futures of a number of their first team squad and Hibbard’s decision is a welcome one admitted director of rugby David Humphreys to the club’s website.
“Richard is another key signing for us. We knew we were bringing in an international calibre hooker when he signed, and he’s been a very big part of our forward effort ever since he arrived,” he said.
“He brings a wealth of experience and a winning attitude to the side as well as a massive physical presence. We’re very pleased that he’ll be wearing Cherry and White going forward.”
Hibbard himself confirmed that he’s found a new lease of life in the Premiership, a challenge that he needed at this stage of his career.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Gloucester and, once the club approached me about extending my stay, it was an easy decision to make,” he said.
“I feel I’ve improved my game since I arrived. The Aviva Premiership is a tough league, there are no easy games and I think that’s actually benefitted me as a player.
“I love playing at Kingsholm, the club and the supporters have been terrific to me and I’m really happy that I’ll be staying and playing my part in what we hope will be a successful period in the club’s history.”