New deal for Sharpe
Veteran lock extends contract
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: 13/04/11 11:21am
Sharpe: New deal
Australia veteran Nathan Sharpe has committed his future to the ARU and the Western Force.
Sharpe, who has been capped 93 times, has agreed a deal until the end of the 2012 - with the 33-year-old lock determined to keep playing for as long as possible.
"I'm enjoying playing rugby at the moment and that was always something that was going to be a determining factor in deciding what I wanted to do past this season," Sharpe said.
"If that involves continuing to represent my country then I'd love to do that.
"I consider myself very lucky to have played alongside some great players and it is fantastic to see the next wave of them coming through."
Sharpe follows Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Drew Mitchell, Berrick Barnes, Tatafu Polota Nau, Rob Horne, Lachie Turner, Dean Mumm and Wycliff Palu in re-signing with the Wallabies.
And coach Robbie Deans was pleased with the latest announcement.
"Nathan's decision to re-commit is further good news," Deans said. "He is an experienced player and still has a lot to offer."