Sharpe keen to stay in Australia
November 18, 2011
Sharpe with his World Cup bronze medal © Getty Images
Wallabies centurion Nathan Sharpe looks set to finish his career in Australia after he played down the notion of pursuing a lucrative contract overseas.
The second-row - who earned his 100th cap against Wales in the bronze final of the World Cup - has been included in the Wallabies squad for their tour of Great Britain at the end of the year and has admitted that rather than following the likes of Matt Giteau and Luke Burgess in journeying to pastures new, he will probably finish his career in Australia. He has already committed his immediate future to the Western Force until 2013 and has also denied reports he will retire from international rugby.
"I've looked at it in previous years, but I think that the way things are panning out, I'm pretty comfortable with my transition from rugby to where I'm going in the next stage of my life," Sharpe told AAP. "That's just a time issue for me so it makes sense for me to stay in Australia.
"Going overseas and chasing some money for a year or two probably doesn't interest me at this stage. I'll definitely finish up here in Australia. It just depends on when that's going to be.
"I'll have a look at it next year and make a decision then. If you've signed with Australian rugby and you play Super Rugby, you're obliged to play international rugby if you get picked, so I'm signed for next year."
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