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Gloucester Rugby's Charlie Sharples switches to left wing for Australia clash at Twickenham

By Sportsnews  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

Charlie Sharples

Charlie Sharples

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Charlie Sharples will switch to the left wing for England to compensate for the return of Chris Ashton against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ashton returns from his ban in the only change while the Gloucester speedster keeps his spot following a two-try burst against Fiji last week with Ugo Monye sent back to Harlequins in midweek.

Sharples wins his fourth cap for his country at a sold out home of rugby with head coach Stuart Lancaster hoping by keeping more or less the same team, it will improve  performance.

He said: "To select 23 from a squad of 30 plus who have trained so well, with such intensity and focus, was difficult but it's a good position to be in.

"The "team first" mentality of all our squad has impressed us greatly.

"We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week and, by having some consistency in selection, we allow those players to demonstrate we can step up to the next level against what will be a very tough Australian side.

"The crowd at Twickenham last week were brilliant and we can't wait to get back there this Saturday and take part in what I am sure will be a very exciting Test match."

Squad: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Manusamoa Tuilagi,  Brad Barritt, Charlie Sharples; Toby Flood,  Danny Care; Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole; Tom Palmer, Geoff Parling; Tom Johnson, Chris Robshaw, Thomas Waldrom. Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown.

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  • SimonGray  |  November 18 2012, 10:22AM

    And so the easily predictable came to happen, much to the delight of the troll glawsteruk1.

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  • Brasher  |  November 17 2012, 10:51AM

    I'll be going to the Gloucester game to see the matches, not sat at home in mummy's back bedroom trolling like glawsteruk1 will be.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  November 17 2012, 12:10AM

    Let's hope Charlie shows them and the rather ordinary Ashton up, then.

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  • alex_bound  |  November 16 2012, 10:09PM

    It is obvious what England are up to by playing Sharples out of position. No wonder it pleases the troll.

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  • CurtDowne  |  November 16 2012, 9:30PM

    glawsteruk1 still pretending that he is not the multi-identity troll when everyone knows that he is.

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  • Archie_Brew  |  November 16 2012, 7:23PM

    We all know that Gloucester Rugby is not one of the in teams as far as England is concerned. That is why they ignore the likes of Sinbad and play the likes of Sharples out of position.

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  • JimBatchelor  |  November 16 2012, 7:13PM

    Glawsteruk1 has been well and truly outed as the troll also know as Gordon_P, graybaggs, akadau, peh45, RuckandRoller, GlosRugbyMan, etc. and it was him that came out with a torrent of anti-England rugby union jibes.

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  • Gambonie  |  November 16 2012, 9:05AM

    It wouldn't be the first time that England have undermined a Gloucester Rugby player; look what they did to Anthony Allen and Henry Paul. If I was Sharples, I would make my way across to the right wing at every opportuinity and stuff the show-pony Ashton.

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  • walker1105  |  November 15 2012, 11:09PM

    The only games that the troll glawsteruk1 will be watching will on his playstation/xbox in his mum's back bedroom.

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  • richardpenton  |  November 15 2012, 10:22PM

    The troll wrote, "...unlike some who will be whingeing as usual about Gloucester players being poached for English Rugby." You are fooling no one. It is patently obvious that you are the same troll.

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