After excelling in the rugby team for St. Peters Sixth Form College, Charlie was awarded his first academy contract with Gloucester Rugby straight from school. In March 2008 he made his 1st team debut off the bench against London Irish at Kingsholm, helping the side to a 34-14 win. Charlie’s first start came the following week against Sale at Edgley Park. During the summer of 2008 Charlie was a member of the England U’20’s squad who reached the Junior World cup final, although Charlie only made one appearance throughout the tournament.
In his second season Charlie went on to make 9 appearances for the 1st team most notably scoring a memorable first try in a sell-out derby match against Bath at Kingsholm, where Gloucester ran out 36-27 winners. In the summer of 2009 Charlie was once again a member of the England U’20 squad, this year playing 4 games during the Junior World Cup where they were defeated by New Zealand in the final for a second consecutive year.
Charlie’s third season at Gloucester Rugby saw him break into the first squad and establish himself as a regular. Playing 27 games he scored 10 tries across all competitions.
In Charlie’s best season to date he played 29 games scoring 18 tries, 4 of which came against Newport Gwent Dragons in the semi-finals of the LV cup. Charlie also scored a try in the final the following week helping Gloucester to lift their first trophy since 2006. Charlie is voted young player of the year by the fans and sponsors and also earns a nomination for the Aviva Premiership Discovery of the Season. The summer of 2011 saw Charlie star in a successful campaign with the England Saxons squad, winning the Churchill cup on home soil and subsequently earning a late call-up for the 2011 world cup squad. Despite not making the final
In another stellar season for Gloucester, Charlie played 27 games scoring 10 tries. In 2012 Charlie is selected in the EPS squad where he goes on to win his 2nd cap and first start for England during the six nations against France, winning the game 24-22 away from home.
Charlie played 25 games scoring 6 tries. Still a member of the EPS squad he won a further 2 caps in the Autumn Internationals against Fiji and Australia, most notably the Fiji game where Charlie scored 2 tries, his first for the senior side.
Charlie played 26 games scoring 11 tries. Following some good performances for Gloucester, in January 2014 he is called up to the England Saxons squad for games against Irish Wolfhounds and Scotland ‘A’. In the summer of 2014 Charlie represented England against the Barbarians at Twickenham, scoring a try.
Another memorable season for Gloucester saw Charlie play 30 games scoring 11 tries, 3 of which came during his 150th appearance against Brive. In April 2015 Charlie helped Gloucester to more silverware, winning the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Charlie played 21 games scoring 3 tries, most notably a fine individual effort against La Rochelle in November 2015. Although Charlie’s season is ultimately cut short by injury, some impressive performances see him named Player of the Season by the sponsors at the end of season dinner.
So far Charlie has played 17 games scoring 6 tries.