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Sharpe ruled out of Waratahs match

On the advice of medical specialists, Emirates Western Force captain Nathan Sharpe will not be available to play against the Waratahs at Subiaco Oval on Friday night.


The towering lock was hospitalised last weekend after suffering from heat stress and dehydration, caused by a viral infection, in the match against the Reds.


Sharpe is expected to play against the Bulls on Saturday 25 March at Subiaco Oval.


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Sharpe’s position at lock has been filled by former Queenslander and Australian U21, Pat O’Connor, who will make his Tooheys New Super 14 debut.


In the absence of Sharpe and Scott Fava, Brendan Cannon will captain the side with Scott Staniforth as vice-captain.


The squad is:


1. Tai McIsaac
2. Brendan Cannon (c)
3. David Fitter
4. John Welborn
5. Pat O’Connor
6. David Pusey
7. Matt Hodgson
8. Richard Brown
9. Matt Henjak
10. Scott Daruda
11. Digby Ioane
12. Scott Staniforth (vc)
13. Josh Graham
14. Haig Sare
15. James Hilgendorf


Reserves


16. Pek Cowan
17. David Te Moana
18. Luke Doherty
19. Tim Davidson
20. Chris O’Young
21. Brock James
22. Tajhon Mailata

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