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    Sharpe edge in 2012

    Star Emirates Western Force lock Nathan Sharpe returned to the training track this week and laced up his boots in preparation for his 15th FxPro Super Rugby campaign.

    Already the most capped player in Super Rugby history (across all three SANZAR nations) with 147 matches under his belt, Sharpe is coming off a stellar 2011 season in which he again set the bar for second rowers and was awarded the RUPA’s Medal for Excellence for a third time in his illustrious career. He also surpassed 100 caps with the Wallabies with important contributions in the World Cup and UK Spring Tour.

    Following a well-earned break Sharpe said he is refreshed and ready to tackle another pre-season head-on, along with fellow Wallabies David Pocock and Ben McCalman who also started back with the squad this week.

    While Sharpe has been keeping himself fit he said the competition in the team environment was key to getting the best out of every player.

    “All the guys that came back into the group on Monday are in good shape and we’re really looking forward to getting stuck into the year together as a side after a staggered start with different guys returning at different times,” said Sharpe.

    “You do your own training on your break but it’s nice to come back to training and start running around the field again with the team. You’re starting to test yourself again and feel the pressure of competition from the others fighting for the same position.

    “While you might have a couple of weeks with your feet up as you recover from a long year but after that you’ve got to maintain your fitness or you’ll come back behind the eight ball.”

    Sharpe believed the team were looking great at this time of year and were focussed on putting together a finals worthy performance in 2012.

    “That’s where we want to get to,” Sharpe said of the squad’s motivation this year.

    “I think some of the guys that we’ve brought in this year mean we have an incredibly talented group and getting to know them and getting to know each other’s playing abilities quickly is the focus initially.

    “The start of the season in Super Rugby is a critical time for any team and certainly for us we’ve been guilty of slow starts to the year so we want to make a fast start to the season and go from there.”

    When quizzed on Willie Ripia’s recent departure, Sharpe said it was a disappointing event but the team had resolved amongst themselves what had happened and were simply now concentrating on the season ahead.

    “I think first and foremost the most important thing is that Willie gets the help that he needs to get through this situation. It’s a shame that it came to pass the way it did but the group has moved on,” said Sharpe.

    “The trust in the group is the most important thing and certainly that is something that needs to be paramount in this team and that’s what we’re working towards.”

    Sharpe and the rest of the Emirates Western Force squad will head to Margaret River for a three day training camp this Thursday with a focus on gelling as a group and taking rugby to their fans in the South West region.

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    “Everyone knows whether it’s rugby, politics or whatever, front-rowers should rule the world, so to have a hooker at the helm makes sense,” Nathan Charles Western Force & Wallabies Hooker.

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    So do we think sharpie will hold onto the C this year or pass it on to Poey and be in a mentoring role?

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    “Everyone knows whether it’s rugby, politics or whatever, front-rowers should rule the world, so to have a hooker at the helm makes sense,” Nathan Charles Western Force & Wallabies Hooker.

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    We think Sharpie will retain the C, Bam's not going anywhere

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    C'mon the

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    Re Sharpie's 150th..by my estimate and assumptions (no injuries or suspensions), Sharpie will be celebrating his 150th Super game at the first home game of the season Friday 9th March against the Hurricanes.

    Not sure whether to go extreme and shave bald; put on stilts; or both.

    Ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenyaQuin View Post
    Re Sharpie's 150th..by my estimate and assumptions (no injuries or suspensions), Sharpie will be celebrating his 150th Super game at the first home game of the season Friday 9th March against the Hurricanes.

    Not sure whether to go extreme and shave bald; put on stilts; or both.

    Ideas?
    I like the idea of everyone wearing bald caps. Could you imagine 15k ppl all wearing them... Would be amazing. We should try and get the force on board id put my hand up to give them out maybe some one with some connections can try and get something going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAFFA View Post
    I like the idea of everyone wearing bald caps. Could you imagine 15k ppl all wearing them... Would be amazing. We should try and get the force on board id put my hand up to give them out maybe some one with some connections can try and get something going?
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    I'd be up for that! the bald caps that is, my wife tells me I can't shave my head ever, ever again!

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    how about 18000 people wearing Sharpie face masks. a lot cheaper and easier then bald caps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exile View Post
    how about 18000 people wearing Sharpie face masks. a lot cheaper and easier then bald caps
    Yeah, but it's been done.

    I say we all go get a swimming cap for the occasion

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Yeah, but it's been done.

    I say we all go get a swimming cap for the occasion
    How about a blue swimming cap.
    The total sea of blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I'd be up for that! the bald caps that is, my wife tells me I can't shave my head ever, ever again!
    Who listens to their wife?

    I bet you use herbal shampoo for gloss and shine

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    man up

    shave for Sharpie

    nude noggins for 150 caps.

    No caps

    15000 people with shaved heads. There would be a charity that can make some coin out of this

    We can raise a squiilion to put towards a new stadium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf1 View Post
    How about a blue swimming cap.
    The total sea of blue.
    Something like this maybe

    http://www.printedswimmingcaps.com/p...and_prices.php

    Than you can have his name the Force logo and 150th printed on it. All for bargain price of $2.20!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    Something like this maybe

    http://www.printedswimmingcaps.com/p...and_prices.php

    Than you can have his name the Force logo and 150th printed on it. All for bargain price of $2.20!!
    hey Coach we got some funds tucked away, this would be awsome

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    Must choose the color closest to flesh for the cap, ocean blue printing, twf logo underneath, congratulations Sharpie 150 SuperRugby games

    I'd wear that.....I'd wear the shit out of that hat

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroperrugby View Post
    Something like this maybe

    http://www.printedswimmingcaps.com/p...and_prices.php

    Than you can have his name the Force logo and 150th printed on it. All for bargain price of $2.20!!
    I'm in the mix if progressed..willing to donate $$ towards deposit/total cost

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    hell yeah! who's gonna organise it?

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