Sharpe to skipper Western Force

Nathan Sharpe has been named the inaugural skipper of Australia's new Super 14 franchise, the Western Force. [more]

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Nathan Sharpe has been named the inaugural skipper of Australia’s new Super 14 franchise, the Western Force.

The Wallabies lock was one of the big-name signings by the Perth-based franchise ahead of their debut in 2006 and coach John Mitchell is full of praise for the 41-Test veteran.

"Nathan is tough and uncompromising and has the respect and loyalty of all his team-mates," Mitchell said.

"He’s a decision-maker both on and off the field, but is humble and ready to listen."

Sharpe claimed his second Rugby Medal for Excellence on Friday, a measure of his respect among his peers.

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He has been the shining light in a poor 2005 for the Wallabies, playing all 13 Tests, mainly as vice-captain.

"This is a great moment for me. I will do everything in my power to honour the position," Sharpe said.

Another Wallaby, number eight Scott Fava, was named vice-captain. Fava made his debut for the Wallabies in last month’s Test against England.  

The decision comes after the Force undertook a three-day training camp on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia.

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