Saturday 23 September 2017

Sharpe kicks fine career into touch in fitting farewell

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

With the final kick in Australia's clash with Wales at the weekend, we witnessed a fitting and worthy tribute to a great servant.

The Wallabies team, in asking skipper Nathan Sharpe to take the conversion to Kurtley Beale's match-winning try, acknowledged a wonderful career and a true team player.

For the former Queensland Reds and Western Force star, it was the final act in a Test career that earned 116 caps – and though his kick fell short, Australia's last-gasp victory was the perfect way for him to sign off.

The New South Wales-born lock is the third extremely talented second-row forward to hail from the regional city of Wagga Wagga, birth place to former Leinster and Munster second-row stalwarts Nathan Hines and John Langford.

They sure breed them big in Wagga Wagga.

Irish Independent

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