Nathan Sharpe
Nathan Sharpe NZ Herald - Brett Phibbs

Sharpe hopes to share winning feel

NATHAN Sharpe is the only player in the Wallabies squad to have held the Bledisloe Cup aloft.

His final crusade to try and help his teammates experience that feeling starts on Saturday.

The battle to win the inaugural Rugby Championship starts with the first Cup showdown against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Sharpe last got his hands on the Cup 10 years ago - the All Blacks haven't relinquished it since.

It is a game the 34-year-old Sharpe was not supposed to feature in - he had planned to retire after the June Tests against Scotland and Wales, but was persuaded by coach Robbie Deans to delay that until October, after the third Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane.

Sharpe is delighted to be getting a final opportunity to end his career on a high.

"I'm excited about it," he said "Obviously any time you get to play in a big championship like the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup you jump at the chance."

The Wallabies team will be named today. Meanwhile, Sonny Bill Williams will play in the All Blacks' opening two matches after he was given permission by his new Japanese club.



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