Emirates Western Force firing with Wallabies Back on Deck



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The Emirates Western Force are now training at full strength for the 2006 Tooheys New Super 14 competition, with all seven Wallaby tourists back on the paddock.

Tighthead prop David Fitter joined the squad today after spending Monday in Melbourne promoting the Emirates Western Force’s pre-season clash with the Crusaders on January 28.

Fellow Wallabies Nathan Sharpe, Brendan Cannon, Matt Henjak, Digby Ioane, Cameron Shepherd and Scott Fava returned to training on Monday after taking annual leave.

All seven will be available for the upcoming trial game with the Cheetahs, to be held at Subiaco Oval on January 21.

Emirates Western Force coaching coordinator John Mulvihill was delighted about the return of the Wallabies.

‘It’s great to have them training,’ Mulvihill said. ‘Their return to the squad allows us to complete our preseason program.’

‘Aside from their obvious leadership qualities, the guys have also lifted the intensity of training and raised the enthusiasm of the entire group – both of which were at a high standard before they returned.’

Emirates Western Force captain Nathan Sharpe was keen to resume training after annual leave, during which time he honeymooned with wife, Jess.

‘We have been back for a few days now, and I couldn’t wait to get onto Rugby Park,’ Sharpe said. ‘The boys are looking very sharp out there; they are in peak condition and really thinking about their performance at training in preparation for the season.’

Former Wallaby Scott Staniforth also began training with the team this week, after recently becoming a father for the third time.

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