Bristol rugby sign Gloucester stalwart Peter Buxton for next season
BRISTOL will sign experienced flanker Peter Buxton from Gloucester when his contract at Kingsholm expires this summer.
The 34-year-old back-rower, who can also operate in the second row, will join fellow new signings Errie Claassens and Andy Short when Bristol return for pre-season training in June.
A former Gloucester captain, Buxton has made 269 appearances for the Cherry and Whites – more than any other member of the squad, including James Simpson-Daniel (266) and Andy Hazell (256), both of whom joined before him.
He moved to Kingsholm from Newport in 2002 when he became one of Nigel Melville's first signings, and enjoyed a testimonial season in 2011-12.
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Bristol head coach Liam Middleton is delighted to have landed the experienced forward – and believes he will prove a crucial asset next season, whether Bristol are fighting for promotion or battling to stay in the Aviva Premiership.
"Anyone you speak to about Bucko talks about his professional attitude and his leadership," said Middleton.
"He is a guy who leads by example – and his example is generally considered, without question, to be top of the pile. I see him fulfilling two functions for us. Along with his playing ability and leadership, which are excellent, he is the kind of guy you want in your team when you are trying to get out of the Championship or fighting to stay in the Premiership.
"We are going to be in one of those two situations next season – and I can't think of many other players you would want in your team when you are going through those battles and challenges."
Buxton, much like fellow new arrivals Claassens and Short, has praised Bristol's ambition – and Middleton believes he will settle in quickly when he makes the move down the M5 this summer.
"What he brings off the field is as much as he brings on it," said Middleton. "For me, he is the type of player we want at Bristol. I think he is a great signing for us and he will settle in straightaway."
Among Buxton's 269 appearances for Gloucester are 178 in the Premiership and 42 in the Heineken Cup. He has made only nine appearances this season but was introduced from the bench in Saturday's 27-11 at Northampton.
The Cheltenham-born forward was named among the replacements for England's clash with the Barbarians in 2004 and picked for England's summer tour to South Africa in 2007, but had to withdraw after breaking his hand in Gloucester's Premiership final defeat to Leicester.