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Sharpe confident in appointment
12 November 2007 11:05am
Australia lock Nathan Sharpe is confident the five-man high-performance panel will choose the right man for the job of Wallabies head coach.
Ewen McKenzie, John Muggleton, Laurie Fisher, David Nucifora and Alan Jones remain the favourites, and Sharpe has no doubt the panel will choose the best man for the position.
"I am sure that all of the guys that applied are fantastic candidates in their own right. They have all got different strengths and weaknesses," Sharpe said.
"I am sure the high-performance unit will do a great job in picking the right man.
"The players have no influence on who is chosen, so when the decision is made we will all know."
Sharpe admitted he is still struggling to get over the defeat to England, but vowed it will only strengthen his resolve in the future.
"I think it takes a bit of time to cope with disappointments like that but that is life and people have disappointments and you have to look onwards and upwards from there," said the 31-year-old.
After resuming training with the Western Force, Sharpe is now looking forward to the new Super 14 season at the Perth-based club.
And while Force coach John Mitchell claimed last week that the finals were the aim for the newest Super 14 franchise, Sharpe indicated that making the final four was not necessarily his primary goal.
"We just want to improve," Sharpe said.
"We came close to the semi-finals last year so if improving means making the top four then we will be happy with that. Once you make it to the top four anything is possible.
"This next Super 14 season is a huge one for the Western Force and I am certainly looking forward to the challenge it presents."
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