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    WA Boy Returns to the Fold - Brett Sheehan Signs with Western Force

    Three-Test Wallaby Brett Sheehan will join the Emirates Western Force after agreeing to a two-year deal with the club.

    The Geraldton born scrumhalf is a veteran of 48 Super Rugby games with the Waratahs and the Reds.

    RugbyWA CEO Greg Harris said signing Sheehan had been a priority for the club for the 2010 season.

    “Negotiations with Brett and his manager started about four weeks ago, and we understand that these decisions take time. We see Brett as someone who will add a great deal to the club, both on and off the field,” Harris said.

    “Brett will bring plenty of experience to the Emirates Western Force, and the quality of his play at the Waratahs has been outstanding. He has forced the incumbent Wallabies halfback to the bench in recent weeks. That says much about his character and ability.”

    A former Rugby League prospect with the Brisbane Broncos, Northern Eagles and South Sydney, the 29 year old returned to the 15-a-side code in 2004 with club side Warringah and had an immediate impact.

    Sheehan was recruited by the Reds for the 2005 Super 12 season, during which he played four times for Queensland. He then returned to NSW, where he went to school at St Josephs College, and has added 44 more caps to his name.

    He made his Wallaby debut against South Africa in 2006, and added two more caps in 2008.

    Sheehan, who is currently on tour in South Africa with the Waratahs, said it was a relief to have made the decision to head west and was excited about the upcoming seasons.

    “I am really looking forward to joining the Force, it will be a great challenge given the new look backline we will have in 2010,” Sheehan said.

    “I have really enjoyed being a Waratah, and competing with ‘Burgo’ (Luke Burgess) for the starting halfback role. Obviously we still have plenty of work to do at NSW this season and I remain committed to contributing to a successful finale to this year’s Super 14s.”

    Brett Sheehan
    Position: Scrumhalf
    Physical: 173cm, 90kg
    Age: 29 (Born 16/9/1979, Geraldton, WA)
    Super Caps: 48 (44 for Waratahs, 4 for Reds)
    Super Points: 5 (1 try)
    Super Debut: 2005 v Bulls (for Reds)
    Test Caps: 3
    Test Points: 0
    Wallaby debut: 2006 v South Africa

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    Stoked to have another West Aussie in the team. Probably the first time a player can say they're moving to WA to be closer to family, hopefully the last time as well. Would be brilliant if he can be a role model to local & rural WA players.

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    Great news!

    Welcome home and welcome aboard Brett.

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    yay another boy playing for his state
    cant wait to see him play scrum half

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    Anybody with superior rugby knowledge have a view on Sheehan vs Valentine? What have we gained and lost in this transaction?

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    huzzah! give em heaps

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    coz Stone Cold says so

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    sheehans passing is alot better i think
    valentine always passes the ball above giteaus head annoys me!
    and umm not to sure
    there both good players

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    bring it on!
    welcome home Brett!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WF2006 View Post
    Anybody with superior rugby knowledge have a view on Sheehan vs Valentine? What have we gained and lost in this transaction?
    im not claiming to think that i have superior rugby knowledge, but this is my 2 cents.
    both are great and gutsy. i believe sheehan is known as the 'angry smurf'. both have a great pass, sharp and to the target. havent watched a lot of tahs games to watch sheehan to really compare but i think it is a worthy transaction, and good to see Sheehan back on home turf, and its gonna be good to see any diff and similarities for next year

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    I've watched Sheehan play many games at many levels of rugby... He is a gusty player who will give the team everything he has got... He is a good signing....

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    he will be a lot more popular with both players and the supporters ,good team man

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    They could have promoted O'Young to starting scrumhalf.....*Goes and hides*

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    If O'Young's good enough he'll oust Sheehan. If not, he's a good player to have on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    I've watched Sheehan play many games at many levels of rugby....
    Lucky the Shute shield and ARC were on TV then, eh Mud?

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