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Ex-Wallabies prop joins Western Force

By Justin Chadwick 01/07/2009 05:52:54 PM Comments (0)

Western Force have added another piece to their formidable front row puzzle with the acquisition of former Wallabies prop Nic Henderson for the next two Super 14 seasons.

Henderson notched 70 Super caps in seven seasons for the Brumbies and made three appearances for Australia.

The 28-year-old joins Wallabies Matt Dunning and Pek Cowan as well as former Hurricane Tim Fairbrother at the Force.

Henderson, a 117kg specialist loosehead, felt he had gone somewhat stale at the Brumbies.

"I've been in the Brumbies program my entire rugby career so far and I felt like part of the furniture down in Canberra, but the time had come to look for a fresh opportunity," Henderson said.

"I played in seven of 13 games for the Brumbies this year and I'd count that as a very disappointing season.

"My motivation was a bit down and I definitely needed a new start.

"I'm coming into the second half of my career and I've got a huge desire to improve.

"A change is as good as a holiday they say, but I think whenever you go into a new environment there's plenty of incentive to do well.

"You want to make the best impression in front of your new coaches and teammates and that's the opportunity I'm looking forward to in coming to Perth."

Henderson played rugby league as a junior and was snapped up by NRL side Melbourne Storm in 2000.

He made the switch to rugby in 2002 and was fast-tracked into the Australian Under 21s set-up later that year.

In 2004, Henderson debuted for both the Brumbies and Wallabies.

But despite cementing his place in the Brumbies' set-up, he was only able to add two more Tests to his name, the last coming in 2006 against Italy.

"We think Nic adds experience and strength to our front row stocks and leaves us with outstanding depth in that area for the 2010 season," Force rugby manager Mitch Hardy said.

"We now have three capped Wallaby props, with Tim Fairbrother sure to push for higher honours, too.

"Nic was a leader at the Brumbies, and we're certain he'll bring those qualities with him as well."

Meanwhile, teenage sensation James O'Connor is expected to sign for the Force once he signs a new deal with the Australian Rugby Union.

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