Sharpe will make his first on-air appearance on FOX Sports’ new rugby show, Rugby HQ, which replaces The Rugby Club at the 8.30pm timeslot on Thursday nights.
The Wallabies most-capped forward and two-time John Eales Medallist has swapped his boots for the microphone and will begin his post-rugby career with FOX Sports on the eve of Friday’s season-opening Super Rugby clash.
Sharpe joins the country’s most recognised commentary team, headed by the game’s number one callerGreg Clark and Wallabies greats Phil Kearns and Tim Horan, alongside Greg Martin, Rod Kafer, Brendan Cannon, Nick McArdle and Sean Maloney for the 2013 season.
Rugby HQ will premiere at 8.30pm AEDT this Thursday night (February 14) on FOX Sports 2HD & FOX Sports 2, where Sharpe will be joined by Greg Martin and host Nick McArdle to preview the Super Rugby season for each of the Aussie teams and look ahead to Friday night’s opener between the Rebels and Force.
“Rugby is a genuine love for me, so I hope to carry that into my job with FOX Sports and add a different perspective to what is already a really well established and excellent commentary team,” said Sharpe.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play with a lot of the current crop of players, so I’m going to try to bring some insight into what the individual players and teams are trying to achieve. I feel I can bring a unique perspective in that regard, having only retired from international rugby a couple of months ago,” he said.
Sharpe’s duties with FOX Sports will include regular appearances as a panellist on Rugby HQ, plus sideline commentary duties and behind-the-scenes reporting on match day throughout the Super Rugby and international seasons, including the British & Irish Lions Tour and The Rugby Championship.
FOX Sports will once again be the only place on Australian television to catch every game of the 2013 Super Rugby season Live, Uninterrupted and in High Definition.
The action kicks off with a pair of all-Aussie ‘derbies’ when the Melbourne Rebels host the Western Force on Friday night (7pm AEDT, FOX Sports 2HD & FOX Sports 2) and the Queensland Reds visit the Brumbies on Saturday night (7pm AEDT, FOX Sports 2HD & FOX Sports 2).