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Twelvetrees re-signs with Gloucester
ESPN Staff
September 27, 2013
Billy Twelvetrees will stay at Gloucester for at least another two seasons © Getty Images

England centre Billy Twelvetrees has signed a new two-year deal with Gloucester.

Twelvetrees has become an integral part of the Cherry and White's team and has taken that form on to the Test stage. He arrived at the club from Leicester ahead of the 2012-13 season and has played predominantly at inside centre.

His form for Gloucester led to international recognition and he currently sits on five caps for England. He also received a late call-up to the British & Irish Lions squad for their tour of Australia in the summer.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies has named Twelvetrees vice-captain for this season and he is delighted with the centre's decision to pen a new contract. "It's really positive news from our perspective," Davies said. "Billy has made a huge impact in his time here. He's made a big impact on the team itself, but also, individually, he's made progress and become an England international and then a British Lion.

"It's great that we've extended his deal by another two seasons. He will be part of a core group of players that we keep together, moving forward over the next couple of seasons. What he brings to this team is huge. He's got great mental strength and huge belief. He's very physical as a player, has a lot more in him in terms of his rugby ability, and is very unique in that 12 position. He can take it up, play physically but also has some subtle touches, as well as being a kicker.

"It's a statement of where Gloucester's going. Billy wants to be part of this team moving forward. He loves Gloucester, loves this environment. He loves Kingsholm. He can see what our ambitions are. Billy's a winner, he wants to win things and wouldn't have signed if he didn't think that our ambitions matched his own."

Twelvetrees added: "I'm really settled here. The club has been great to me, and this has seen me develop my game and ultimately earn international recognition. I've made great friends here and, to continue playing with the lads and developing partnerships, is something that I cannot wait to continue.

"We as players, speak a lot about how great the Gloucester fans are and, to play in front of the fine support we have as a club, is all you can ask for as a player. The team is still developing and the talent and potential here is great. So, I can't wait to see where we go and what we can achieve, and I couldn't imagine not being part of it!"

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