Charles blow for Force

26th Mar 2013, 13:00

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Season over: Nathan Charles

Season over: Nathan Charles

The 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.

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).