Powerhouse prop Tevita Taumoepeau has committed his future to Worcester Warriors by signing a new one-year deal at Sixways Stadium.
Former Tongan international Taumoepeau, a cult hero with fans at Warriors, has become a rock in the Worcester scrum since joining the club in the summer of 2005 from French outfit Bourgoin.
The powerful front row made his debut in Worcester colours against former club Northampton Saints in the Powergen Cup in 2005 and has since gone on to make 121 appearance for Warriors, scoring one try in the league in 2006/07.
Taumoepeau, known as Dave to his team-mates, has become a key figure in the Sixways dressing room and that was underlined when he was named Players' Player of the Year in 2007/08.
"We have received some good news in the shape of Tevita Taumoepeau re-signing for the Warriors on a one-year deal," said Ruddock.
"Dave, as he is affectionately known by fans and the players, is a hugely popular character who is respected throughout the Guinness Premiership as a formidable scrummager.
"Tevita is passionate about the Warriors and about staying at the club in order to see us improve our fortunes and grow as a team.
"He constantly strives to produce top class performances whenever he is selected and remains a key part of the squad and a huge favourite with our supporters."
Taumoepeau, who has also previously played for Chiefs and the Blues, said: "I'm really happy at Warriors and have enjoyed my five years at the club.
"It's great for me to sign a new contract and now I just want to play as much as I possibly can to help Worcester move up the league table."