Charlie Sharples, then a member of the Gloucester Rugby Academy, made a dramatic impact on the first team squad in 2008-9.
He was set to represent England U20s against Wales, but was recalled by the club and went on to make nine first team appearances, scoring a memorable first senior try against Bath.
He was named in the England's U20 squad for the Junior World Championship in Japan in June 2009 and kicked on to enjoy a memorable 2009-10 season for Gloucester Rugby. He scored 12 tries from 18 starts (including friendlies) and was shortlisted for Try of the Year at the Guinness Premiership Awards.
2010-11 went even better for Charlie as he scored 18 tries in 29 appearances and was voted Young Player of the Year by the supporters and was selected for England Saxons.
Sharples was named in England's Rugby World Cup training squad in the summer, making his international debut as a replacement against Wales.
2011-12 was another fine campaign at club level with his try scoring tally in double figures once again and a first England start, in Paris against France. Added to his England cap tally, and scored his first international try against Fiji.
On his 150th appearance in October 2014, Charlie crossed for a hat-trick as Gloucester opened up the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a 55-0 win over CA Brive.
Sharples signed a new long term contract with the club in July 2015 and was enjoying a fine 2015-16 season until suffering a season-ending knee injury. He was voted Player of the Season at the club's End of Season Awards dinner.
He continued his consistent form in 2016-17 and 2017-18 was his testimonial season with the club. He passed 250 competitive appearances for the club in 2018-19 and scored ten tries as he maintained his high standards.
Sharples remains a key member of the Gloucester Rugby back three and is a great mentor to the likes of Ollie Thorley and Louis Rees-Zammit who are following in his pathway.