Tasman `thrilled' to sign speedster Heem

01:00, Jun 12 2012
NEW RECRUIT: Sevens ace player Bryce Heem has signed with the Makos.

The Tasman Rugby Union has signed former Northland speedster Bryce Heem for the 2012 ITM Cup rugby season.

The 23-year-old wing has also represented Auckland and has been a member of Gordon Tietjens' world champion New Zealand sevens team for the past two seasons.

Heem debuted for Northland as a substitute against Taranaki in 2010, playing five games before transferring to Auckland later that season where he played three games for the province.

He returned to Northland for last year's ITM Cup campaign, appearing in all 10 matches, including their season-opening win over Tasman in Whangarei. Heem played 15 games for Northland, scoring five tries.

While predominantly a wing, Heem can also play centre and has also represented the New Zealand Barbarians.

Tasman chief executive Andrew Flexman said the union was "thrilled" to have secured his services and that Heem would be arriving in the region on Monday and will play for the Moutere club in Blenheim.