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Gloucester duo Sharples and Qera going toe-to-toe at Twickenham

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Akapusi Qera

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CHARLIE Sharples will square up to Gloucester team-mate Akapusi Qera at Twickenham tomorrow.

Flying wing Sharples will win his third England cap as he replaces banned Saracens paceman Chris Ashton in Stuart Lancaster's side for the opening autumn international.

Muscular loose forward Qera lines up at number eight for Fiji, having been drafted back into the injury-hit squad.

The 27-year-old had opted out of Fiji's Northern Hemisphere tour, to concentrate on getting to grips with life under Nigel Davies at Kingsholm.

But the Fijian management invoked the IRB's release clause, effectively calling rank over Gloucester.

The Cherry and Whites did not resist – and now the two friends will go toe-to-toe in west London (kick-off 2.30pm).

England boss Lancaster has also named former Dean Close pupil Tom Johnson in his back-row, the Exeter Chief continuing to impress with the national side.

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs makes his debut, while Toby Flood, Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi form the midfield combination after Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees were released from the squad in midweek.

Leicester number eight Thomas Waldrom gets the nod as expected, with Ben Morgan also not required this week. Elsewhere Jim Hamilton packs down at lock as Scotland host New Zealand.

ENGLAND: A Goode, C Sharples, M Tuilagi, B Barritt, U Monye, T Flood, D Care, J Marler, T Youngs, D Cole, T Palmer, G Parling, T Johnson, C Robshaw (capt), T Waldrom. Replacements: D Paice, D Wilson, M Vunipola, J Launcbury, T Wood, B Youngs, O Farrell, M Brown.

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  • sam_silent  |  January 05 2013, 12:14PM

    With his multitude of different identities, akadau/glawsteruk1/peh45/Gordon_P/graybaggs is such a clueless troll.

  • Roon77  |  November 11 2012, 10:41AM

    Tindall, Harden and Qera.... What a fantastic trio of Gloucester players.

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  • Karbonn  |  November 11 2012, 9:08AM

    Harden and Tindall in the running for player of the season. That must be the troll akadau's worst nightmare.

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  • Buggsie  |  November 10 2012, 7:54PM

    I'd have Mike Tindall in there too as one of the front runners for the player of the season.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  November 10 2012, 4:15PM

    Rupert Harden must be on course for Gloucester rugby's player of the season, by my reckoning. It is certainly between him and Qera based on their performances so far this season.

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  • seanbulling  |  November 10 2012, 1:13PM

    Akadau once again displaying his total lack of knowledge about rugby or about anything that is currently going on in the world of rugby.

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  • CamCampbell  |  November 10 2012, 10:29AM

    Oh dear! Akadau appears to have just woken up,

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  • mattw74  |  November 10 2012, 7:40AM

    I doubt that akadau/Gordon_P/graybaggs/peh45/troll understands anything about anything.

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  • Archie_Brew  |  November 09 2012, 6:52PM

    I doubt that akadau/Gordon_P/graybaggs/peh45 understands anything about rugby.

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  • Conrad_Selby  |  November 09 2012, 4:30PM

    Oh dear! It looks like the troll akadau doesn't understand the concept of squad rotation.

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