Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sharpe Finally Set for Ton

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sharpe Finally Set for Ton

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BALD-headed lock Nathan Sharpe is set to bring some meaning to what is largely a meaningless Rugby World Cup encounter on Friday night by becoming just the fifth Australian to play 100 Tests.

Considering recent history, it might be fraught with danger by announcing it too early, but Sharpe finally appears set to earn the milestone in the third-place play-off against Wales at Eden Park.

Fellow veteran second-rower Dan Vickerman is among four battered Wallabies ruled out of the clash for bronze, opening the way for Sharpe, 33, to rejoin Australia's 22 after being surprisingly dumped for the 20-6 semi-finalloss to the All Blacks.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans still has to pick Sharpe in the starting team ahead of youngster Rob Simmons to guarantee him the honour but the Wallabies are already speaking about the extra boost gained from the C[pounds sterling]special momentC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]Only five guys have done it, so that's an incredible achievement, and everyone wants to share that with him,C[yen] said stalwart back Adam Ashley-Cooper, who's played virtually all of his 62 Tests alongside Sharpe. …

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