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Sharples won't be tied down by the Wallabies – Hogg

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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CHARLIE Sharples has been backed to make the transition from England's right wing to the left against Australia at Twickenham tomorrow by Gloucester forwards coach Carl Hogg.

The Cherry and Whites speedster grabbed his first tries for his country last week when he crossed the whitewash twice against Fiji.

That performance has seen him rewarded with just his fourth cap against the two-time world champions at a sold out home of rugby.

With the return of Saracens wing Chris Ashton from a domestic ban, head coach Stuart Lancaster has shifted Sharples from one side to the other but Hogg says he will have no problem adjusting to it.

"Charlie played across the backline for us last year and has played full-back for us so he is well aware of the relationships that he needs to build," said former Scottish international Hogg.

"It will be a challenge for him but he is more than capable of fulfilling that.

"Charlie had an excellent game at Twickenham last week so we are all very pleased as a club for Charlie and getting that opportunity to play against Australia, who are a big Tri Nations side, is very exciting for Charlie.

"His form for us this year has been exceptional so it is a just reward for him and hopefully he can back that up against Australia."

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

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  • StanFromGlaws  |  November 18 2012, 1:49PM

    The way they all roll around on the ground in football, is there any need for the groundsmen to use rollers on their pitches?

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  November 18 2012, 10:15AM

    I would expect diveball to be in the serious crimes section.

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  • TommoOfGlaws  |  November 17 2012, 9:09PM

    I would aspect diveball to be in the theatrical section.

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  • sam_silent  |  November 17 2012, 8:20PM

    You obviously don't get the fact that rugby is a sport. Best you stick to the non-sport of wendyball.

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  • OldGrumbler  |  November 17 2012, 3:27PM

    StanFromGlos, I would expect this article to be under the "Rugby" heading not "Other Sport"

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  • StanFromGlaws  |  November 17 2012, 1:47PM

    Because, unlike dive&actball, rugby is a sport.

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  • OldGrumbler  |  November 17 2012, 11:43AM

    Why is this article under "Other Sport" ?????

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  • Gambonie  |  November 16 2012, 9:07AM

    This is just an attempt to make Ashton look good at Charlie's expense.

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