New deal ... Ben McCalman. Photo: Supplied
WALLABIES and Western Force utility forward Ben McCalman has signed a two-year extension with the Australian Rugby Union.
The 24-year-old's deal will keep him in the Australian rugby set-up until the end of 2015.
McCalman has been based in Western Australia since his debut for the Force in 2010 and was forced to miss last season's entire Test program due to a nerve injury in his shoulder, which was followed by a broken arm in his return at club level.
The Sydney University product is determined to add to his 21 Test appearances this season in a massive year for the Wallabies, with a three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions starting in June.
''It wasn't easy missing out [on the Wallabies] last year but the break has given me a decent rest and added to the hunger to get back,'' McCalman said.
''I've had a good off-season, have enjoyed getting back into my work with the Force and can't wait to get started again.''
The versatile forward, who has featured in four different positions in the Wallabies forward pack, achieved the rare feat of making a Test debut in the same year, 2010, as he had made his maiden appearance in Super Rugby.
■ Waratahs lock Ollie Atkins has been cited for tackling Melbourne's Luke Jones in the air during last Saturday's trial win over the Rebels in Hobart.
The 24-year-old, who was recruited from the Western Force, tackled Jones in the sixth minute as he leapt in a lineout.
Atkins will face a hearing at ARU headquarters in Sydney on Wednesday morning.