James Simpson-Daniel is a Gloucester Rugby premiership record breaker
GLOUCESTER legend James Simpson-Daniel will break the record for the most Premiership appearances tonight when the Cherry and Whites take on Bath.
The rugby stalwart will make his 183rd appearance in the famous jersey at The Rec today(kick off 7.45pm), taking him past the previous record held by gritty back row and current Gloucester senior academy boss Pete Buxton.
The 31-year-old, who has been capped 10 times by England, told the Citizen: “It is a great pleasure for myself to be a part of Gloucester both on the pitch and away from it.
“It’s where my family have settled down and has made me very happy.
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“Surpassing the record away to Bath makes it more special.
“It is one of those fixtures that happens only twice a year.
“It’s a massive derby for us and is a game I always look forward to.”
Simpson-Daniel made his debut for the club as a fresh-faced recruit, scoring a supreme solo try against Rotherham in 2001.
It became clear that he would be a class act in the Gloucester fold and was soon promoted into the England set-up, making his international debut against the All Blacks in 2002.
Simpson-Daniel said: “I didn’t know anything about it until the other day. I am obviously really chuffed but it is not going to change the way I approach the way I play.
“Coming down from Yorkshire straight from school was big for me and I admired Gloucester in no time whatsoever.
“I love that it is a rugby city and the passion of the supporters and the ground. I love the Shed and everything that comes with it.
“It is a great pleasure for myself to be a part of Gloucester both on the pitch and away from it. It’s where my family have settled down and has made me very happy.
“Surpassing the record away to Bath makes it more special. It is one of those fixtures that happens only twice a year. It’s a massive derby for us and is a game I always look forward to.
“Everything is slightly bigger in intensity and the way people talk about it. When you pop to the shop people will say to you, ‘It’s Bath this weekend’, which gives the fixture more life and adrenaline.
“Peter was always someone I have looked up to. He was a very honest player and always worked his socks off. I am delighted to be put in the same bracket as him and everyone who has pulled on the Gloucester jersey.”