Season over for Charles
Western Force suffered a cruel blow after hooker Nathan Charles was ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season due to a knee injury.
The 24-year-old is expected to be sidelined for nine months after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Saturday's 19-10 defeat to the Cheetahs.
Former Rebels hooker Heath Tessmann will take Charles' place in the starting line-up for Sunday's derby clash with the Waratahs in Sydney, with Ben Whittaker on bench duty after overcoming a broken foot.
The Force are still sweating on the fitness of injured pivot Sias Ebersohn (hip) and prop Pek Cowan (rib).