Former Melbourne Rebels hooker Heath Tessmann has signed a short-term contract with the Western Force for the start of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
The 28-year-old has been a part of the Western Force’s wider training group throughout the pre-season along with locks Ben Matwijow and Adam Coleman, wing Corey Brown and five local players from the RugbyWA Bankwest Academy.
The Queensland-born rake has been called into the senior squad as cover for Ben Whittaker, who suffered a broken foot and is expected to miss the opening rounds of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Tessmann played 10 Super Rugby matches for the Melbourne Rebels during 2011 and 2012. His contract will continue until Whittaker is available to resume his place in the squad.
“These players were invited to be part of the squad to not only assist with their rugby development but to provide coverage should we require it during the season,” Western Force head coach Michael Foley said.
“This ensures that when and if they are required, we have continuity.
“Heath is an experienced player and knows the demands of Super Rugby. This is a good opportunity for him to push for a place in the team and further his Super Rugby experience.”
Name: Heath Tessmann
Representative Rugby: 2011-2012 Melbourne Rebels, 2009-2010 Queensland Academy
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