Gloucester Rugby’s Joe Simpson has been ruled out of any upcoming fixtures for the next 12 weeks due to an ankle injury.
The scrum-half player has been ruled out of for up to 12 weeks due to an ankle injury which he sustained during last weeks fixture to Exeter Cheifs. Simpson was left limping off the pitch in the first half of the game.
Since moving to the Cherry and Whites from Wasps in 2019, he has had a huge impact on the team, making eight tries in 18 appearances.
“Unfortunately for Joe it’s more serious than we expected so he’s going to be out for eight to 12 weeks.”– said Gloucester head coach, Johan Ackermann
With Simpson ruled out on injury grounds and Willi Heniz and Callum Braley both out of selection due to Six Nations call up, Gloucester coach, Johan Akermann has no choice but to play youngster, Charlie Chapman.
Twenty-one year-old, Charlie Chapman has made eight appearances for Gloucester, his last being back in October 2019 where he scored his first try for the club against Bath Rugby.
“He’s been in our system quite a while now and he probably learnt quite a lot from Willi Heinz and Cal so we’re confident they both can make the step up .”– said Ackermann
He has represented Scotland in the Under 20’s Six Nations and has been selected for the Junior World Championships in France.
Ackermann has also called up eighteen-year old, Steve Varney from the academy for the scrum-half role. He has only played once against London Irish for 20 minutes back in September 2019.
Varney has been released by the Under 20’s Italy coach to be with Gloucester for the upcoming game. He is currently training with the Italian Under 20’s Six Nations team.
“We’re going to play with Charlie Chapman and Stephen Varney. We first want to thank the Italian Federation for allowing us that Varns can train with us.“– said Ackermann
The call up for both young players will be a great experience for them to play in front of a crowd and pick up some senior points for the club.
Due to injury and 6 Nations call ups, there is a guarantee that one of the two players will make an appearance.
The cherry and whites will travel to the Madejski Stadium where they shall face London Irish on Saturday, 22 with a kick off time of 3pm.