Monday, September 24, 2012

Auch sign Canadian front rower Andrew Tiedemann as medical joker

Andrew Tiedemann
Pro D2 side Auch have signed 24 year old Canadian front rower Andrew Tiedemann as a medical joker.

Tiedemann is mainly a tighthead prop, but is also regularly used as a hooker also, and played in that position in the last two matches of Canada's June matches. Due to his versatility in the front row, he has spent most of his international career on the bench.

The prop made his debut as just a 20 year old in 2009 against Wales, however he has struggled in the scrums throughout his career. Which is an issue which Canada as whole have also struggled with, the scrums cost them several vital penalties and points during their encounter with Italy last June, where they struggled simply to win their own ball.

Tiedemann becomes the second front rower to join a Pro D2 side now, after the player who normally keeps him out of the tighthead prop position for Canada; Jason Marshall who joined Aurillac last season.

Canada will hope a higher standard of rugby and scrummaging will improve Tiedemann in the future, as it is an area they and also their North American neighbours the USA so desperately need to improve to reach nearer the level of sides like Italy.

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