|Weight||93kg (14st 9lb)|
As one of the new generation of exciting Gloucester backs, it was only a matter of time before Charlie Sharples opened his try-scoring account for England. He illustrated his finishing skills with two against Fiji at Twickenham in the opening QBE International this autumn.
An England U20 Grand Slam winner in 2008, he is accustomed to success but he enjoyed such an eye catching campaign that he won the Gloucester Young Player award for 2010-11 and was also among the nominees for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season.
His first Test cap off the bench followed in the 23-19 win over Wales at Twickenham last August and his second was in the starting line up when France were beaten 24-22 in Paris seven months later. Charlie stepped into the side when David Strettle withdrew through a chest injury.
Hong Kong born and a former England U18 player, he scored a try only 17 minutes into his debut off the bench for England Saxons in the 87-8 win over the USA in the Churchill Cup at Northampton last June. He started the next match against Tonga and was a try-scorer in the Saxons’ 37-6 victory over Canada in the final.
Inevitably dubbed as ‘Champagne Charlie’ after a hat trick of tries for St Peter’s High School, Gloucester in the 2006 Daily Mail Cup final at Twickenham, he toured Australia the following year with England U18 and was chosen for the England U20 World Cup squad in Wales in 2008.
He attended Wycliffe College, Stroud and his first club was Dursley where he spent two years from the age of 14. Moving on, he first played in the Premiership for Gloucester against London Irish on March 8, 2008 and by mid November this year, he had scored 23 tries in 70 matches in the competition and 44 in 100 games overall for the club.
Previously dual registered with Gloucester and Moseley, he had the delight of taking the Saxons past 70 points in 68 minutes against the USA at Northampton where his side achieved the biggest England victory at Saxons or senior level in fixtures between the countries.
It enhanced his season’s try-scoring feats that amounted to 18 in 29 matches for Gloucester. They included four against Newport Gwent Dragons that rocketed the Cherry & Whites to the LV=Cup final in which he also crossed the Newcastle Falcons’ line. He subsequently scored a maiden Premiership hat trick against Sale Sharks on May 7, 2011.
10 points - 2T
2011 W(R) 2012 F, Fj, A
Last updated: November 19, 2012