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Sharpe returns to celebrate final match for Force

Nathan Sharpe will play his last Super Rugby against the Crusaders

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Article Published: Thursday 12 July 2012|

Western Force and Wallabies veteran Nathan Sharpe will return to the starting line-up and captain his side, as he celebrates his final game for the Western Force, when his team runs out against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday evening.

The 34-year-old, who plans to retire after a final stint for the Wallabies in the inaugural Rugby Championship later this year, missed last weekend's clash with the Blues after sustaining a back injury. He will celebrate his 162nd cap on Saturday evening.

Sharpe is one of four changes to the starting side that went down to the Blues, in Auckland, last weekend.

In the backs, Rory Sidey replaces the injured Winston Stanley at inside centre, while Pat Dellit starts at 13.

Tetera Faulkner earns his first start for the Force at loosehead prop.

Meanwhile, the Force bench has also seen a shake-up as Pek Cowan, Will Tupou and Ollie Atkins all warm the wood for the final game of the season.

Western Force:

1. Tetera Faulkner, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Salesi Manu, 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Nathan Sharpe (c), 6. Richard Brown, 7. Angus Cottrell, 8. Lachlan McCaffrey, 9. Brett Sheehan, 10. Ben Seymour, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 12. Rory Sidey, 13. Patrick Dellit, 14. Nick Cummins, 15. Alfie Mafi.

Reserves: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. Pek Cowan, 19. Ollie Atkins, 20. Josh Holmes, 21. Kyle Godwin, 22. Will Tupou.

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