Gloucester lock Will James has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Kingsholm until the end of the 2012-13 season.
The 34-year-old former Wales international has made over 100 first-team appearances during his six seasons at the Cherry and Whites, and has been an important figure so far this term with Alex Brown injured and Jim Hamilton away on World Cup duty with Scotland.
James said in a Gloucester statement: "I'm delighted. It's good for me that I've got this year and next year and can just concentrate on the rugby. I'm over the moon."
He added: "Some guys are quite laid back about it when they're in a contract year but, personally, I don't like to worry about these things and risk have it affect my performance on the pitch.
"I'm glad it's out of the way and it's a weight off my mind."