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Sharpie's Retirement

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by MrTimms, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. MrTimms Ken Catchpole (46)

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    I spent a whole lot of time bagging Sharpie, and feel that it wasn't until later in his career that he really came on. I became a fan.

    I was lucky enough to meet him after the SF against SA in Wellington, he is a top bloke and will be missed.

    Congratulations on a top career and good luck for the future Sharpie

    Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-10/sharpe-to-hang-up-boots-after-2012/3822546?section=sport
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  2. Gagger Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    Of the Wallabies I've met, the best bloke.
  3. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    which is probably the best accolade a guy can have
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  4. Shiggins Paul McLean (56)

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  5. daz Guest

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    Say what you want about Sharpie, and there is plenty that can be said about his fantastic career, but for me it was his sheer will and dedication to hold the Force together as Captain while getting a second wind as Oz rugby's premier lock which defines the man.

    Quality player and bloke who led from the front by his deeds on and off the field. Pure and simple.

    I'll reserve a few cheers for you this year, big fella.
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  6. Gagger Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    I should go further FP. In all my interactions with him - meeting up in NZ with Timmsy, tweeting, podcasts etc, he's the guy who most just talks to you like a mate, just someone he's interested in. And I don't pretend that's got anything to do with me, I assume that's just the bloke he his with everyone. If you hang around top rugby players you get plenty of chances to buy them drinks - well, he bought them for us.

    Completely self effacing - a true gent.
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  7. Moses Simon Poidevin (60)

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    *Gagger puts up hand to write the tribute post*
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  8. Gnostic Mark Ella (57)

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    As far as I am concerned he is still the number 1 lineout technician in Oz and one of the very best in the World. There has never been a bad word said about Sharpe that I can recall if you discount the rancor that surrounded his move from the Reds. As afr as I am concerned he would've made a very able Wallabies Captain and thoroughly deserved more starts than he has in the last couple of years.
  9. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    The Wallabies really missed him last year.

    Hopefully Deans doesn't make the same mistake this year.
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  10. suckerforred Chilla Wilson (44)

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    There are a few blokes out there I was really sad to see bow out of the game. Sharpie will be one of them.

    Have had the opportunity a few times over the years to chat to him, and yep would have to be one of the nicest blokes I have meet. (I think my the end of RWC2011 he was more concerned about the amount of tape I was carrying around then he was about what was going on with the footy.) I hope that he stays in the game in some form or other as I think that his influence on the youngsters can not underestimated, or lost. I hope that when he plays in QLD for the last time that the Reds fans will appreciate what a legend he is for the game as a whole. I know for one I will.
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  11. Bullrush Jim Lenehan (48)

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    Since moving to AUstralia, Sharpie has become one of my favourite rugby players. From my comfortable position on the couch, he seems to play every game he's in as if it's his last. Not in reckless or running around like a mad hen or a 'I must smash everything' type of way but in a determined and focused, hard-nose battler type of feel. Like he wasn't taking any minute on the field for granted.

    Make any sense?? Ahhh well, if it doesn't - I know what I'm going on about.LOL

    Hope he goes really well this year.
  12. Bruwheresmycar Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Sharpe is the kind of player any team would want. Consistent hard worker, world class skillset and great leader. Also a great ambassador for the game.
  13. MajorlyRagerly Trevor Allan (34)

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    Yeah, good on him on a great career. Nobody gets to 100 caps without being more than handy. Often under rated player, but big ticker on the guy. Onya fella.

    If he's short a job he could fill in for the guy on Bloomberg who talks the mining stocks in Australia - nobody would know the difference
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  14. Dan54 Mark Ella (57)

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    I agree one of the more under rated players in last few years, in my opinion anyway, I don't really recall watching any tests where Sharpie struck me as player who wasn't giving his best shot, and that to me makes for top player ALWAYS giving 100%, not sure I could say it about a lot of players.
    Anyway respected player who deserves to go out remembered as a 'bloody good un'
  15. daz Guest

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    I think any rugby player who has the respect of opposition supporters is about as high praise as you can get.

    Nice to see Sharpie falls into that category and thanks to our SA and Kiwi G&GR colleagues for posting such comments.
  16. Penguin Arch Winning (36)

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    I was pretty dirty on Sharpie at the time he left the Reds, but that didn't last very long, you just have to like the bloke & I'm sad to hear he's retiring. Thought he'd signed on for a couple more years? He certainly should have had a few more Wallaby caps next to his name in recent times.
  17. suckerforred Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Perhaps Sharpie can be signed on a GAGR staff?
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    My vote for the greatest Australian forward not to win a World Cup.
  19. qwerty51 Jason Little (69)

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    George Smith might have something to say about that..
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  20. Moses Simon Poidevin (60)

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    George Smith was a forward? I've only seen highlights of chip kicks
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