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England v Australia: Points don't mean I've got the shirt, says Charlie Sharples

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Charlie Sharples

Charlie Sharples

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CHARLIE Sharples knows his first points for his country do not guarantee him the England right-wing shirt against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

In his third start for Stuart Lancaster's developing side, the Gloucester flyer ran in two tries and help England beat Fiji 54-12.

The regular incumbent of the 14 jersey, Saracens' Chris Ashton, missed the first of four back-to-back internationals because of a ban and Sharples hopes he has done enough himself to be considered for this week.

He said: "I always knew going into the game it didn't matter how well I played, it takes more than one good game to put someone out of position who has been playing well there for a number of years.

"But my goal is to do the best I can, put myself in the best position, raise a few questions in the coaches' heads and put pressure on my rivals.

"I've done as much as I could have done and we will have to see what happens now.

"Last week's win will give us confidence but Australia will be a different challenge so we'll look at them and see how it goes this week."

The 23-year-old's first try against Fiji highlighted not only his ability to break tackles, after evading four Fijians, but also his clinical finishing within the final third.

With Ashton available again, the Cherry and Whites speedster said both he and the team can build on last weekend's result.

"It was a big game for me, having the opportunity to come in and play," he added.

"I wanted to make sure I had a good game first and foremost, but obviously it was nice to get a bit of ball and score two tries."

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  • CamCampbell  |  November 14 2012, 6:44AM

    Give me Sharples any day over Ashton.

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