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Tessman returns for Super Rugby with the Force

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Western Australian Super Rugby franchise the Force have re-signed hooker Heath
Tessmann for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Tessman had a strong Super Rugby season with thee Force in 2015 as he played
in all 16 matches.

The Western Australian side has retained the bulk of its forward pack for the
2016 season, while adding the experience of Peter Grant (formerly of the Stormers),
Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds) and Jono Lance (NSW Waratahs), who will provide
added depth and experience to the backline in next year.

Tessmann, who initially joined the Western Force as part of the Wider Training
Squad for 2013, will embark on his fourth season with the club, after playing
in every match during 2015.

The 31-year-old, who captained the Perth Spirit during the 2015 Buildcorp National
Rugby Championship (NRC), said he’s excited about running out for the
Force again in 2016.

“It was a really easy decision for me to make, ” he said. “This
is where I wanted to continue to play Life Super Rugby, the culture we’ve
created around here is amazing and I want to continue my journey here with the
Force. “

“We addressed the issues from last season and have moved on to a new
style of play, which I can’t wait to see out on the pitch and be a part
of. Most importantly I can’t wait to get out there and play my role for
the team. “

Head Coach Michael Foley says Tessmann’s re-signing will add to a physical
forward unit in 2016.

“Heath has always had excellent skills as a ball carrier but his dedication
to his core skills are strengthening his ability to deliver more at the set
piece, ” he said.

“During the NRC, Heath led a strong leadership team [with Ian Prior and
Angus Cottrell], which is a good indicator of what he can deliver for the team
moving forward. “

Tessmann will cover hooker along with Nathan Charles and new recruit Tom Sexton,
who joins the Force from the Melbourne Rebels.

Profile

Name: Heath Tessmann
Born: 03/03/1984, Ayr (Queensland)
Position: Hooker
Club: Nedlands
Height: 182cm
Weight: 105kg
Super Rugby caps: 44
Super Rugby points: 5
Super Rugby debut: 2011 (Rebels) v Waratahs, Melbourne
Representative Rugby: 2014-2015 Perth Spirit; 2012-2016 Western Force; 2011-2012
Melbourne Rebels; 2003 Queensland Under 19; 2001 Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys

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