Gloucester Rugby host Northampton Saints at Kingsholm on Saturday and ahead of the fixture, Head Coach George Skivington previewed the game.
On Charlie Sharples’ retirement
“Charlie is a stalwart of the club. He’s a great example for the young fellas of the career that you can have here at Gloucester Rugby and hearing his interview the other day where he talked about the pathway and his experiences as a youngster and how long he’s been here and the things he’s seen, I thought it was a really emotional but a really exciting story. I think the young guys who are coming through who I’ve referenced a lot, we’ve got a really exciting batch and a lot of their pathways will be the same as what Charlie went through.
“He's someone they can look to and they can see what he’s done and how long he’s been here and how much he’s enjoyed it. It’s a good example to those lads as to what sort of career you can have here.”
On the pathway
“That’s something we’ve put a lot of energy into over the last 18 months and we’ll continue to keep trying to build that and grow that and make sure all of the youth have an opportunity to play for Gloucester Rugby and that the pathway is good.
“We hope to get more and more Gloucester lads like Charlie who are passionate about it and have dreamt of doing it from a young age. That’s the overall goal.”
On Leicester Tigers
“There are a huge amount of lessons. Obviously we were disappointed because we wanted to go up there and give it a shot and we felt that we were in a good position to do that. We fell short in the end and I was impressed with Leicester and how organised they are. They are top of the league and have only lost a couple of games for a reason. You can see that when you’re up there and you see it in the flesh.
“We were great in the first half and were well organised and executed our plays and went in at the break ahead which was great.
“In the second half, we’ve taken a huge amount from that. We had some great discussions around that on Monday about what it takes if we want to beat teams and be up there. The lessons are huge and the boys have embraced that and there is lots of honesty and lots of direction.
“Once you get over the disappointment of losing, which is always there, I think there’s some real growth for us after that game.”
On Northampton Saints
“It’s great to be back at Kingsholm. It feels like ages since we’ve played here after a couple of away games and a week off. We’re really looking forward to seeing a full crowd.
“Saints play some good rugby. There’s a group of teams in the middle of the table who all have a slightly different way of playing but it’s very competitive.
“Saints have had some unlucky results and they play a good brand of rugby so I think it will be a real fierce battle and hopefully a good spectacle for everybody.”
On the double header
“It’s a great weekend with the mens and womens both here so the more people who come the better and hopefully we pack the place out and hopefully there’s two good games of rugby and everyone can enjoy the day.”
Tickets for our fixture against Northampton are available here.