Plymouth Albion sign Canada prop Andrew Tiedemann

Andrew Tiedemann
Tiedemann came on as a replacement against New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup

Plymouth Albion have signed Canadian international prop Andrew Tiedemann.

The 25-year-old, who has won 28 caps for his country and was part of Canada's 2011 World Cup squad, has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second year the Brickfields.

Tiedemann has previously had a spell playing for French side FC Auch Gers in 2012 and joins from Canadian side Castaway Wanderers.

He is the second Canadian at Albion after fellow forward Brett Beukeboom.

"I spoke to Brett and a couple of other Canadian guys about him and they spoke very highly of him," Albion head coach James Shanahan told BBC Sport.

"I would hope he'll bring experience and a bit of an edge to our forward pack.

"I watched him against Georgia and it was one of the most brutal games I've watched. There was a 30-man brawl and he came through that OK.

"I've not signed him to fight but he stood up to people and didn't take a backwards step and that's; something we're going to need and will give the younger players around him someone to look up to and follow."

Tiedemann becomes the 11th new forward to join Albion this summer, including Bristol's Iain Grieve,Saracens' Tom Jubb and Exeter hooker Tom Cowan-Dickie.

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