Inaugural captain Nathan Sharpe has been named captain of the Western Force’s Team of the Decade.

The Team of the Decade was named as part of the Force’s 10th season celebrations and announced at the Nathan Sharpe Medal Dinner at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The team features 869 Super Rugby caps for the Western Force and 476 Test caps, with Kieran Longbottom and Sam Wykes the only two players in the XV without international experience.

Six players from the 2015 squad were selected, including the club’s two 10-year players – Matt Hodgson and Pekahou Cowan.

More than 19,500 votes were collected across the six positional groups.

Nominees were shortlisted from the 136 players that have represented the Force since 2006, with a fan vote, media involvement and player input determining the final XV.

WESTERN FORCE – TEAM OF THE DECADE

Position       

Player

Years

Force caps

1. Loosehead Prop

PEKAHOU COWAN   

2006 – 2015

105

2. Hooker

BRENDAN CANNON

2006 – 2007

18

3. Tighthead Prop

KIERAN LONGBOTTOM

2008 – 2014

57

4. Lock

SAM WYKES

2008 – 2015

87

5. Lock

NATHAN SHARPE (c)

2006 – 2012

92

6. Blindside Flanker

MATT HODGSON

2006 – 2015

120

7. Openside Flanker

DAVID POCOCK

2006 – 2012

63

8. No.8

BEN McCALMAN

2010 – 2015

80

9. Scrumhalf

ALBY MATHEWSON

2013 – 2015

39

10. Flyhalf

MATT GITEAU

2007 – 2009

37

11. Left Wing

NICK CUMMINS

2008 – 2015

87

12. Inside Centre

SCOTT STANIFORTH

2006 – 2010

45

13. Outside Centre

RYAN CROSS

2007 – 2010

49

14. Right Wing

DREW MITCHELL

2007 – 2009

38

15. Fullback

CAMERON SHEPHERD

2006 – 2012

60