Ben McCalman is hungry to get back into action
WALLABIES and Western Force utility forward Ben McCalman is looking forward, not back.
The 24-year-old has extended his contract with the Australian Rugby Union and the Force by two years to the end of 2015 and he's determined to make up for lost time.
McCalman, who has played in 21 Tests, missed last season's entire Test programme due to a nerve injury in his shoulder.
He then broke a forearm during his return to playing at club level.
"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.
"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," McCalman said.
"There's a lot to look forward to this year with a new coaching team and a lot of new faces at the Force, playing against the British & Irish Lions, and then the Rugby Championship and Spring Tour after that."
Meanwhile NSW lock Ollie Atkins has been cited for tackling Melbourne's Luke Jones in the air during Saturday's trial and will face an ARU hearing tomorrow.