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Charlie Sharples: Gloucester Rugby learning from losses

Gloucester Rugby certainly will not be reaching for the panic button according to winger Charlie Sharples, despite their start to the new season not meeting their high expectations.

A 15-9 defeat to local rivals Bath Rugby over the weekend leaves them with a single victory to their name after the opening five Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures.

And with pre-season hopes of pushing towards the top half of the table, Sharples admits it hasn’t been the start they had desired.

But the 27-year-old is confident things can turn around very quickly with a trip to Exeter Chiefs on the horizon this weekend.

“In rugby you cannot feel sorry for yourself and we have a massive game this week, we have trained well and put the Bath game to bed,” he said.

“There’s no reason for panic, we have not had the start we wanted but it’s still early days and a win this Saturday could turn our fortunes around.

“It’s a very competitive league so a couple of wins here and there can be the difference between the bottom and the middle or top. It’s certainly no cause for panic.

“We have to keep learning from our defeats and why we are not winning. If we turn up with the intensity we showed against Bath and couple that with better accuracy we will start beating teams.”

One bright spark for the Cherry and Whites so far this season has been the form of Ben Morgan who has now been called up to the Eddie Jones’ England squad.

Jonny May, who is set to return from a nine-month layoff in the coming weeks, was also named in Jones’ extended 45-man elite squad.

And Sharples was full of praise for the start Morgan has made at Kingsholm this season and was excited about welcoming May back alongside him in the Gloucester back-line.

“Ben Morgan has obviously had a strong start to the season, he’s one of our key ball carriers, we need him playing well week in week out,” Sharples explained.

“He leads from the front; he’s been doing that and got that (international) recognition. He’s one of our main ball carriers in the pack, you need those guys you rely on them to give you front foot ball.

“Jonny May is pretty close (to a return), he’s been working very hard; he’s looking great and he’s in great shape.  He’s a key back for us, a game changer, and it will be great to have him back.”

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