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Sharpe kicks fine career into touch in fitting farewell

Published 04/12/2012 | 05:00

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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