Sharpe's record run ends

2011-06-13 11:00

Perth - Nathan Sharpe's record run of 53 consecutive games for Western Force has come to an end following an ankle injury which will prematurely end his Super Rugby season, club officials said on Monday.

The Wallaby lock landed awkwardly from a lineout in the opening half of the Force's match against the Reds in Perth on Saturday and was substituted.

Scans revealed ligament damage to his right ankle which will require a fortnight on the sidelines, the club said.

Sharpe began his consecutive streak for the Force in the second round of the 2008 season and last weekend surpassed the club's previous best mark of 52 straight games, set by hooker Tai McIsaac.

The Western Force will be without Sharpe and suspended Wallaby back James O'Connor for Friday's final match of the season against the Rebels in Melbourne.