McCalman’s next move hinges on his troublesome shoulder

ON THE MEND: Ben McCalman is without a Super Rugby club after the Western Force's demise. Photo: PAUL MILLER
ON THE MEND: Ben McCalman is without a Super Rugby club after the Western Force's demise. Photo: PAUL MILLER

The NSW Waratahs are waiting for a medical report on Wallabies backrower Ben McCalman's troublesome right shoulder before finalising negotiations with him ahead of the Super Rugby season.

The Waratahs expressed interest in McCalman after his Western Force team was axed last September, but he again injured his shoulder in the Wallabies' record loss to Scotland at Murrayfield last month.

It was the fourth time in two years that the 29-year-old veteran of 52 Tests has injured the shoulder.

McCalman, who played only one Super Rugby game for the Western Force last season after fracturing his scapula, had also twice fractured the shoulder blade while playing for the Wallabies last year.

It is understood McCalman is weighing up his options and determining whether he needs another lengthy rehabilitation to heal his shoulder.

Waratahs chief executive Andrew Hore confirmed on-going interest in the hard-running, tough-tackling McCalman, but was reluctant to discuss the possible signing in any detail.

"We are interested in Ben McCalman, but we are waiting for a medical report," was all Hore would say.

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