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Gloucester in best place for over a decade, says Charlie Sharples

The club’s longest-serving player says there is a more settled feel at Kingsholm than there has been since he joined in 2007

Gloucester made the Premiership play-offs 11 years ago, the first season Charlie Sharples spent with the club, but they have done so only once since, in 2011. The former England wing is now the longest-serving player at Kingsholm – the fact he has also yet to reach 30 is a pointer to why the Cherry and Whites have spent much of the past decade floundering in the wrong half of the table.

Frequent changes in the playing and coaching staffs have spawned inconsistency, but there is a more settled feel to Gloucester now. They started the weekend third in the table, with three of their five remaining matches coming against teams just below them in Northampton, Bath and Sale.

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