Updated: Thursday, 02 January 2014 18:17 | By Agence France-Presse

Simpson-Daniel extends Gloucester rugby stay

Former England wing James Simpson-Daniel is one of five players to have extended their contracts at Gloucester, the English Premiership club announced on Thursday.

Simpson-Daniel extends Gloucester rugby stay

Gloucester's wing James Simpson-Daniel (centre) is tackled during a European Cup rugby union match against USA Perpignan in Gloucester on October 12, 2013

The 31-year-old, who is currently sidelined by an ankle injury, has turned down opportunities to join France's money-spinning Top 14 in favour of extending his 13-year career at Gloucester.

He joins Charlie Sharples, Elliott Stooke, Darren Dawidiuk and Shaun Knight, who have also signed new contracts with the Kingsholm outfit.

"I'm delighted they have committed their futures to Gloucester," rugby director Nigel Davies told the club's website.

"Charlie, Darren, James and Shaun have been a big part of the club's success in recent years and Elliott has a huge future in front of him.

"It's been a busy couple of months for us on top of the re-signings announced before Christmas and the arrivals next season of John Afoa and Richard Hibbard."

The new deal for hooker Dawidiuk, coupled with the signing of Hibbard from Ospreys, suggests that Australia front-rower Huia Edmonds will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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