Gloucester winger and former Dursley youth player Charlie Sharples hopes to get another chance for England before 2015 World Cup
CHARLIE SHARPLES is keen to produce his best form this season as he bids to help Gloucester finish in the Aviva Premiership top four and stake his claim to an international jersey.
The former Dursley youth product has four England Test caps to his name – the last coming in November 2012 – and has scored two tries, but is now part of the Saxons squad, having seen the likes of Christian Wade and Marland Yarde move ahead of him in the pecking order.
“These next two or three years are big years for everyone in English rugby – this is when you want to be peaking as players,” said winger Sharples, with the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil in mind.
“Physically I have put myself in the best possible position to do that.
“Unfortunately as a winger you can’t always influence the way the game goes.
“I would love to be back and around that set-up but I just need to give 100 per cent in a Gloucester shirt.
“I am certain that if I get some good ball I will get some tries.
“They (Yarde and Wade) have been in a rich vein of form and had good seasons last year and have done well in an England shirt.
“Hopefully an opportunity will come for me to get back to that level.
“I will be happy if I am playing well, putting my hand up and doing what I can do.”
Having suffered back-to-back defeats against Sale Sharks and Saracens, Sharples’ try helped Gloucester record their first win of the Aviva Premiership season against Northampton, which they followed up with victory at Newcastle on Sunday.
“The first couple of games of the season were quite frustrating as I didn’t see that much of the ball at all,” said the 24-year-old.
“I had a good rest and then did a lot of work in pre-season to get myself in good physical condition and I wanted that to carry through to the start of the season, so it was nice to get a try against Northampton.
“It’s always a goal to get into the Test squad but you can’t get too pre-occupied about what is going on there and what you have got to do to get into that position.”
- England international Billy Twelvetrees has put pen to paper on a new two-year extension to his contract at Gloucester, which was due to expire at the end of the season.
- England Saxons will face the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm next year in Gloucester on Saturday, January 25.
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