Gloucester Rugby winger Charles Sharples hangs up his boots for a career in financial planning

Charlie Sharples

What do former rugby players do after a successful career? For Charlie Sharples, who has been forced to retire earlier than he hoped thanks to injury, it means becoming a financial planner for Cheltenham-based Gemini Financial Planning Ltd next month.

The Cherry and White winger has played 275 times for his childhood club and has scored 455 points in a career which has seen him become one of Gloucester Rugby’s biggest contributors in the professional era.

Charlie has been part of Gloucester Rugby since the age of 14 and quickly progressed through the academy ranks, making his first team debut in the 2007-08 season.

An England international, Sharples played for his country four times, scoring twice against Fiji at Twickenham in the 2011 Autumn Internationals.

He was awarded a testimonial season for his service to the Club in the 2017-18 season and helped Gloucester Rugby to silverware in 2011 where he scored four tries in the semi-final before then scoring another vital try in the final to secure the LV= Cup.

He also helped the Cherry and Whites to the Challenge Cup trophy in 2015 when Gloucester Rugby defeated Edinburgh at the Twickenham Stoop.

Charlie said: “I hoped to enjoy a few more runouts on the pitch at Kingsholm in what would have been my last season, but it seems that my body has finally decided that enough is enough.

“All I can say is that it’s been a dream, an honour and a privilege to play my whole career at Gloucester Rugby, I’ve experienced many highs and lows, but the game has given me amazing memories and friends for life and for that I’ll always be grateful.”

Growing up supporting Gloucester Rugby, Charlie played his rugby at Dursley Rugby Club and St. Peter’s School and always dreamed of playing at Kingsholm and is proud of what he has achieved in his career.

He said: “I have a lot of clarity around it now and definitely feel that it is the right decision. It’s obviously tinged with a bit of disappointment as well, with what I wasn’t able to achieve this season. Ultimately it’s the right thing and I’ll be able to reflect on my career down the line. I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to do for Gloucester Rugby.

“I’m not going to be a stranger. This is my home and I’ll always support the Club and I want to stay involved, albeit in a different capacity.”

Whilst Charlie is retiring from playing, he will take up an ambassadorial role as well as becoming a member of the former player’s committee.

Gloucester Rugby’s COO Alex Brown said: “Charlie Sharples has had an incredible career and as a one club man is a true Kingsholm legend.

“I’ve personally known Charlie for a long time and have had the pleasure of seeing him progress during his time at the Club. He has been a true servant to Gloucester Rugby and can be very proud of what he has achieved.

“Everyone at the Club wishes Charlie all the best for his future off the pitch and we will always welcome him back to the Kingsholm with open arms.”