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Joe Simpson signs new contract with Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby scrum-half, Joe Simpson has signed a new contract with the Premiership side, extending his stay at Kingsholm.

Simpson signed a one-year deal in the summer, arriving after 13 years with Wasps, with Gloucester scrum-half Ben Vellacott moving in the opposite direction.

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The one-time England international has scored eight tries in just nine appearances for the Cherry Whites helping them to seventh in the Premiership table.

“I’ve loved my time here so far.

“Everyone at Gloucester Rugby made me feel really welcome from the moment I arrived ahead of preseason which helped me to settle in quickly, get used to being at a new club and hitting the ground running in a rugby sense.”

Simpson told the club website

Simpson made 230 appearances for Wasps between 2006 and 2019, becoming their longest serving player in the process. The 31 year old has had no issues settling in to his new club, and he showed no hesitation in signing a new deal.

“When David spoke to me about extending my stay, I didn’t hesitate and I’m delighted that I’ll be staying with Gloucester Rugby and helping to build for the future.”

Simpson added.

With fellow scrum half Willi Heinz still out injured, Gloucester have penned Simpson’s long term future. The scrum half was expected fill in for Heinz whilst he was at the World Cup, but he has earned himself a regular starting place. Director of Rugby, David Humphreys praised Simpson’s impact since his arrival.

“Since his arrival in the summer, Joe has quickly impressed with his leadership skills and also his performances on the pitch.
“With Willi (Heinz) and Callum [Braley] away at the Rugby World Cup, Joe had to take on a senior role in the squad and has really risen to the occasion.

Director of Rugby David Humphreys, told the club website.

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