Nathan Sharpe will be captain of the Emirates Western Force in the team’s inaugural season in the Tooheys New Super 14 competition.
Head coach John Mitchell made the announcement at a special function in Perth after the squad returned from a two-and-a-half day camp at Rottnest Island.
Mitchell said the playing group was blessed with a number of leaders, and singling one out had not been an easy task.
But he said Sharpe had all the qualities he was looking for to lead the team in its inaugural season.
‘Nathan is tough and uncompromising and has the respect and loyalty of all his teammates,’ Mitchell said.
‘He’s a decision-maker both on and off the field but is humble and ready to listen.’
The appointment of Sharpe caps of a stellar season for the 115kg lock. On Friday, he won his second Rugby Medal for Excellence, an award voted on by his peers.
He was one of a few Wallabies to play in all 13 Tests this year and has now accumulated a tally of 41 caps. He is a regular vice-captain of the team and has twice led Australia, including the game against Samoa this year.
The 27 year old also captained the Reds in 2005 and was one of Queensland’s leading Super 12 players.
Sharpe said it was a great privilege to be the founding captain of the Emirates Western Force.
‘This is a great moment for me. I will do everything in my power to honour the position,’ Sharpe said.
Former Brumbies No 8 Scott Fava was made inaugural vice-captain of the Emirates Western Force.
The appointment also caps off a great year for Fava. Last month, the 29 year old made his long-awaited debut as a Wallaby in the Test against England.
Fava finished equal third in this year’s Super 12 Australian Player of the Series award – despite missing the last four games with a broken hand – and also won his second consecutive Brumbies Best Forward award.