Western Force have completed the signing of hooker Heath Tessmann on a short-term contract from the Rebels ahead of Super Rugby 2013.
With Ben Whittaker set to miss the start of the Super Rugby season with a broken foot, Tessmann has been brought in as cover.
The 28-year-old, who made ten appearances for the Rebels between 2011 and 2012, has been training with the Force during pre-season.
And Force head coach Michael Foley believes Tessmann will give first-choice hooker Nathan Charles good competition for the starting shirt.
"Heath is an experienced player and knows the demands of Super Rugby," Foley told AAP.
"This is a good opportunity for him to push for a place in the team and further his Super Rugby experience."