Newsletter

Get the Sport24 daily newsletter delivered to your Inbox!

LIVE

    Tessmann pens new Force deal

    2016-11-11 14:20

    Cape Town - The Western Force have announced the re-signing of veteran hooker Heath Tessmann for the 2017 and 2018 Super seasons.

    Capped 63 times in Super Rugby, 'Tess' will head into his fifth season with the club, after first signing in 2013 as an injury cover before playing his way into a full contract and becoming a vital member of the squad.

    The ever reliable rake played nine games last season for the Force before being struck down with a leg injury, but bounced back remarkably well in this year’s National Rugby Championship (NRC). Tessmann captained the Perth Spirit side to a grand final win in the NRC and showing some of his best form to date.

    The 32-year-old says the Western Force is where he wants to continue his career and is excited about the future of the club with Dave Wessels at the helm.

    “This is exactly where I want to be playing my rugby,” he told the Western Force's official website.

    “I’ve got a lot of faith in this club and this organisation going forward and it’s nice that they’ve shown faith in me as well.

    “Dave’s a great appointment by the club and going forward all the coaches they have appointed are coming here for the right reasons. It’s already been great getting stuck into pre-season and the whole squad just can’t wait to rip in next year.”

    Tessmann will take the reigns as one of the most senior players in the squad and says that is an opportunity and title he relishes.

    “I think it’s something everyone strives for no matter what team you’re in. You want to be the guy wearing the starting jersey in whatever position you’re in and you want to be the guy that leads by example," he added.

    “Although, with the likes of Tatafu [Polota-Nau], Anaru [Rangi] and Harry [Scoble] in the ranks, they’re going to provide a good challenge and whoever ends up wearing that number two jersey next year will have earnt it.”

    The Spirit captain praised the current NRC competition and says it has been extremely beneficial for his game but also great to see recognition of great local talent.

    “For me personally I love playing in the competition, it’s fast so it’s pretty demanding for most of us front rowers running around out there with some of those whippets, but it’s just great," said Tessmann.

    “It’s also just been great for developing players. Guys like Manihera Eden and Eric Vasukicakau who were given an opportunity to step up to the next level and really showed a lot.”

    Western Force head coach Dave Wessels says that Tessmann is an excellent re-signing for the club and is a vital part of this team.

    “Heath is a leader both on and off the field,” he said.

    “He’s very competitive, but he’s also a very outgoing social person around the club and when you blend those together you end up with a really nice mix.”

    With so much experience in the forward stocks Wessels says it will be competitive for spots next season and that’s a good thing.

    “I think competition is good for all of our tight five and it will bring the best out in each of them, while also having a really nice mix of experienced guys and a few younger men who will no doubt push them pretty hard," he explained.

    “’Tess’ sets really high standards for the team and he’s a big part of our leadership structure next year.”

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    23 February 2017
    • Rebels v Blues, AAMI Park 10:45
    24 February 2017
    • Highlanders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Reds v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium 11:00
    25 February 2017
    • Sunwolves v Hurricanes, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Brumbies, AMI Stadium 08:35
    • Waratahs v Force, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Cheetahs v Lions, Toyota Stadium 15:05
    • Kings v Jaguares, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:15
    • Stormers v Bulls, Cape Town 19:30

    Results

    06 August 2016
    30 July 2016
    23 July 2016
    22 July 2016
    16 July 2016
    15 July 2016
    09 July 2016
    08 July 2016
    02 July 2016
    01 July 2016
    29 May 2016
    28 May 2016
    27 May 2016
    21 May 2016
    20 May 2016
    14 May 2016
    13 May 2016
    07 May 2016
    06 May 2016
    30 April 2016
    29 April 2016
    24 April 2016
    23 April 2016
    22 April 2016
    16 April 2016
    15 April 2016
    09 April 2016
    08 April 2016
    03 April 2016
    02 April 2016
    01 April 2016
    27 March 2016
    26 March 2016
    25 March 2016
    19 March 2016
    18 March 2016
    12 March 2016
    11 March 2016
    05 March 2016
    04 March 2016
    27 February 2016
    26 February 2016

    Opinion Poll

    Jake White will leave his job as Montpellier coach next year. Where would you like to see the former Springbok coach, coach next?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.