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Sharpe re-signs

Nathan Sharpe has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union and the Western Force until the end of 2012.

The veteran of 93 Tests for the Wallabies and a record 139 Super Rugby appearances announced his decision to extend his current deal.

Now into his 14th season in the professional ranks having debuted for the Reds in 1998, the evergreen lock says he is not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

"I'm enjoying playing rugby at the moment and that was always something that was going to be a determining factor in deciding what I wanted to do past this season," Sharpe said.

He added: "If that involves continuing to represent my country then I'd love to do that.

"I consider myself very lucky to have played alongside some great players and it is fantastic to see the next wave of them coming through."

Sharpe's decision to play on lifts the number of current Wallabies to re-sign this year to 11.

"Nathan's decision to re-commit is further good news," Australia coach Robbie Deans said. "He is an experienced player and still has a lot to offer."

Sharpe, who needs seven Test caps to become the fifth Australian to reach 100 Test appearances, remains a pivotal member of the Wallabies pack having played all but one of the side's 15 matches last season. The 33-year-old surpassed former skipper John Eales as Australia's most-capped lock last season and has captained his country on two occasions.

Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Drew Mitchell, Berrick Barnes, Tatafu Polota Nau, Rob Horne, Lachie Turner, Dean Mumm and Wycliff Palu are the other Wallabies to re-commit in recent months.

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