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VIDEO – Sharples focus on Wales Test match

28 July 2011

  • First Test cap against Wales is first priority for Charlie Sharples
  • Gloucester wing wants to realise dream and have more chances to impress

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Charlie Sharples is looking no further than a maiden Test cap against Wales at Twickenham Stadium on August 6 as the dream of representing England at the World Cup looms large on the horizon.

The Gloucester Rugby wing, who scored 18 tries in 29 games for the Cherry and Whites  last season, was a surprise inclusion in Martin Johnson’s initial 45-man Rugby World Cup squad and is working hard to impress the management team.

The 21-year-old admits that everyone has different targets in the training group and his primary one is to realise the dream of a first Test appearance in the Investec International.

In an exclusive chat with RFUtv, he said: "Everyone would have different targets but for myself if I could be involved in a Test match that would be fantastic.

"That’s your dream, getting a cap for England, that would be brilliant. But that is still something in the future so I’ve got to try and get through these weeks, train hard and try and impress.

"For me I honestly haven’t thought about being sat on that plane in that position and I don’t think it would actually sink in until I was actually in that position. It’s just a case of trying to take each session as it comes – like I say it would be fantastic if I could get there but there’s a lot of hard work for me to do before then so I’m just going to try and give it my very best."

Gloucester Rugby wing Charlie Sharples dives over for a try in the LV= Cup semi-final victory over Newport Gwent Dragons

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There is a small Gloucester contingent in the extended group, with Sharples’ fellow wing James Simpson-Daniel, England’s captain for the majority of the 2011 RBS 6 Nations, Mike Tindall, and recently departed for Northampton Saints, Paul Doran Jones.

Former England Under 18 and Under 20 starlet Sharples says there is great camaraderie among the players, despite Simpson-Daniel and himself being in direct competition for a slot out wide.

He added: "There are obviously a few Gloucester boys in the squad, Tinds, myself and Sinbad. Paulie is not classed as a Gloucester boy anymore so good riddance!”

"No, of course not, he’s obviously moved on now so it would be the three boys representing Gloucester and I wish all the best for the other two.

"Me and Sinbad are in the same position so there’s a bit of competition there but either way we’d be incredibly happy for each other if either of us was to kick on and get into that final 30-man squad."