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Wallabies sweat on Sharpe

Australia coach Robbie Deans will be anxiously awaiting the results of an assessment of an ankle injury Nathan Sharpe suffered with the Western Force on Saturday.

The Wallabies lock was forced from the field midway through the first half of the Force's heartbreaking 24-21 loss to the Queensland Reds after he landed awkwardly following a lineout. The 33-year-old Force captain, who has won 93 Test caps, said it was too early to tell how long he would be ruled out for, if at all.

"At this early stage, I think I've done something to my lateral ligament in my ankle," Sharpe told Fox Sports, with the World Cup three months away. "We'll just have to wait and see how it pulls up tomorrow to see what the extent of the damage is."

Force coach Richard Graham said Sharpe's injury would be assessed on Sunday.

"At this stage, I haven't looked at him. We've got medicals at 10 o'clock in the morning so we'll check it out then," he said.

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