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    Sharpe on fast track back to business



    GENE STEPHAN, The West Australian December 5, 2009, 10:17 am

    Western Force skipper Nathan Sharpe will make an earlier than expected return to competition after after sustaining a serious shoulder injury in Sydney almost four months ago.

    The Test veteran missed last month's Wallabies tour of Britain and Ireland following surgery which could have had a devastating impact on his long-term career before surgeons decided that a full shoulder reconstruction was not necessary.

    Sharpe, 31, had been working towards the Force's Super 14 season opener against the Brumbies at ME Bank Stadium on February 12 but is now confident of a return for games at Newlands in Cape Town against the Stormers and Sharks on January 23 and 26.

    The 79-Test Wallaby said his recovery had gone better than anyone expected after surgeons had warned he could miss up to six months, with two or three months the best case scenario.

    "My shoulder is progressing well. I feel like I am ahead of schedule in my rehabilitation program, which is testament to our strength and conditioning staff," Sharpe said.

    He was looking at the second trial in South Africa, against the Sharks on January 26, as a starting point for his return.

    "We have had a really well put together pre-season plan - it's my first since 2004 - and the feeling around the group is really positive," he said.

    "The vantage point I have, coming back from injury, has allowed me to see how well the new guys have fitted into the squad. I'm impressed with how we are building towards 2010."

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    Why rush back? Rest up old fella you will be needed in the Wallabies line out next year!

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    I'd quite like him back for the Super 14 season, though. He being our captain and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    I'd quite like him back for the Super 14 season, though. He being our captain and all that.
    Yeah sure but for the pre season games why rush? We do have 2 pretty handy young locks that should be raring to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    Yeah sure but for the pre season games why rush? We do have 2 pretty handy young locks that should be raring to go!
    To make sure he's not ring-rusty when the Brumbies come to MES?

    He doesn't need to start the pre-season games, but he should be looking to polish off his fitness during them.

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    Yeah, I think Sharpie being available for the trials has all sorts of good written over it. Available doesn't necessarily mean playing, and he'll def have fitness issues to sort before the biggest game of the season (smashing Gits and the million dollar Brumbies on Feb 12)

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