Sharples tips pair of 'whippets' to shine
July 23, 2012
Charlie Sharples is still just 22 but is one of the more established members of the Gloucester team © Getty Images
Gloucester flyer Charlie Sharples has tipped "whippets" Ian Clark and Steph Reynolds to shine in this Thursday's leg of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series.
Gloucester will contend with the Exeter Chiefs, Bath and Worcester Warriors for a spot in the final of the Series and Sharples, who could be unleashed in the tournament, claims that Clark and Reynolds have got bright futures in the game and are already putting pressure on him and other first-teamers for a spot in the XV.
"Ian is very quick, has good feet and I think he already made his mark in 7s last year," Sharples said. "Steph as well is lightning fast and I think he will do very well if he is given his chance. They are like a pair of whippets - they can fly past you in a blink of an eye and are really hard to bring down.
"I am still 22 but when you have guys like that around I no longer feel like one of the younger players. There are guys coming through every year keeping you on your toes but it is good to have that pressure and it makes you a better player.
"Hopefully they will be able to learn off guys like myself and Jonny May in the same way we learnt off guys like James Simpson-Daniel when we came through. I think they will really benefit from playing in the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s - it is a great way to develop your skills and as a winger it is great for your confidence to be getting the ball in space and be given the license to take people on."
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