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Lancaster: I'll keep Sharples

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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CHARLIE Sharples looks set to win his fourth England cap against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday (2.30pm) following his two-try Fiji burst.

The Gloucester speedster's place was in doubt with the return of regular wing Chris Ashton from a ban, but head coach Stuart Lancaster has let Ugo Monye go back to Harlequins.

Monye is one of 13 players on their way back for LV= Cup fixtures this weekend, including Sharples' team-mates Freddie Burns, Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan, and Lancaster said there were some close calls to make.

He said: "It's tough on Ugo, who misses out this time, but Chris (Ashton) has been excellent in training and Charlie is rewarded for his performance at the weekend.

"We had to make some tough decisions within the 23 and we are in a good position to be able to select from a largely fit squad.

"Training has been very focused during the last two days, with all the players training well and pushing hard."

England Squad: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs); Joe Launchbury (London Wasps); Joe Marler (Harlequins); Tom Palmer (London Wasps); David Paice (London Irish); Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers); Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt); Mako Vunipola (Saracens); Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers); David Wilson (Bath Rugby); Tom Wood (Northampton Saints); Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Chris Ashton (Saracens); Brad Barritt (Saracens); Mike Brown (Harlequins); Danny Care (Harlequins); Owen Farrell (Saracens); Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers); Alex Goode (Saracens); Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby); Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers); Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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  • Buggsie  |  November 15 2012, 6:42AM

    I hope they aren't just using him as a tackle bag.

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