Power hooker Tessmann like a dependable SUV

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Veteran Western Power rugby hooker Heath Tessmann has likened himself to a trusty FJ Cruiser as he gears up for the workforce’s assault in opposition to their Australian rivals.

Tessmann thought his Tremendous Rugby profession was over in 2017 when the Power had been booted out of the competitors.

However he has the prospect to resume rivalries in opposition to the Queensland Reds, Brumbies, NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels in Australia’s new home competitors.

At age 36, Tessmann is aware of he’s on the tail finish of his profession.

However he says there’s nonetheless loads of gasoline left within the tank, particularly after making a full restoration from a plantar fascia damage.

“I did not get my first skilled contract till I used to be 24, 25,” Tessmann mentioned.

“It is like discovering an outdated FJ Cruiser within the storage and it is solely obtained 10,000 kms on it.

“It is robust, it is likely to be a bit outdated, however it nonetheless works fairly nicely – it is nonetheless fairly helpful.

“For me, I really like enjoying. I nonetheless flip up right here day by day excited to go and compete. I wish to win it doesn’t matter what I am doing.

“So far as accidents are involved, I’ve obtained the physique of a 28-year-old once more.”

Tessmann feared his Tremendous Rugby profession would finish on simply 10 video games after being axed in 2012 by the Rebels.

However he flourished after signing an preliminary eight-week contract with the Power in 2013, notching one other 63 Tremendous video games over 5 years earlier than the franchise was axed.

Though the Power will lack the expertise of their Australian rivals within the new home competitors, Tessmann is assured they will be capable of put up an enormous struggle.

“We’re a aggressive group. None of us go on the market simply to make up numbers,” Tessmann mentioned.

“We’re not placing our hand as much as be a part of this competitors to play a little bit of rugby as a result of we’re bored. We wish to go on the market and win video games.”

The Power kick off their marketing campaign on July 11 in opposition to the Waratahs in Sydney.

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