May 22, 2013
Sharples replaces injured Strettle
Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples has replaced the injured David Strettle in the England team to face France in the Six Nations championship at the Stade de France on Sunday, a team spokesman said today.
Strettle has been ruled out of the game because of chest pains following a sternum injury he picked up against Italy in Rome.
"It's been a whirlwind 24 hours. I was back in Gloucester and had a call. I got the call to fly out yesterday," Sharples told reporters at the team's hotel in the outskirts of Paris.
"I didn't officially find out until this morning. It's a great opportunity for me even if, obviously, you never wish injury for anyone. It's terrible for Dave."