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Simpson-Daniel re-signs for Gloucester

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The 20-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in the English game, his attacking talents making him a high-profile figure at both club and international level.

Simpson-Daniel joined Gloucester straight from Sedbergh School three seasons ago after starring in the England Under-18 side, making his debut for the 'Cherry and Whites' against Rotherham in the 2000/01 season.

Selected by England for the non-cap international in June 2002 against the Barbarians, Simpson-Daniel made a stunning contribution to his side's shock victory, memorably out-pacing New Zealand Test stars Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen to score a try and has since gone on to win a total of four caps, scoring one try against Italy at Twickenham in this season's Six Nations.

Simpson-Daniel played a starring role in Gloucester's recent Powergen Cup triumph scoring a brace of tries. He scored a Heineken Cup hat-trick to this season's Pool stages and broke his Zurich Premiership duck this season with one of Gloucester's four tries against 'Quins to secure their top spot.

"This is a very important signing for Gloucester. James Simpson-Daniel is one of the best young players in the country and I believe he can play a key part in helping Gloucester Rugby Club achieve their ambition to become the Champions of Europe," said Gloucester Chairman Tom Walkinshaw.

Nigel Melville, Gloucester's Director of Rugby has indicated that he feels more signatures are to follow that of Simpson-Daniel, a player he described as being very important to the club's hopes next season.

"We are delighted that James has signed this new contract. We know that a lot of other clubs were keen to sign him but he has chosen to stay here, which is good for the future of this club. He is a very good player and will continue to improve."

Simpson-Daniel will miss this week's Zurich Premiership game at Leeds Tykes with a hamstring strain, but has admitted that he has eyes set on future glory with Gloucester.

"I am delighted to have signed," he said. "This is a Club going forward, we have shown that this season buy winning things that this Club has never won before and we want to continue to win things."

Despite his injury this week, Simpson-Daniel is hoping to recover in time for Gloucester's upcoming appearance in the Zurich Premiership Final.

"You are lucky if you get to one Twickenham Final in your career but we have finished top of the League with two games to go and we want to win the whole thing."

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