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McCalman commits to Force and ARU

Western Force number eight Ben McCalman has committed his future to the Australian Rugby Union after penning a new one-year deal.

The powerful 23-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Force last year, and impressive performances for the Australian Barbarians against England helped him to secure a place in the Wallabies squad for the Tri Nations.

McCalman went on to play in the final eight Tests of the year for Robbie Deans' side, making his first Test start in the historic 41-39 win over South Africa in Bloemfontein, Australia's first win over the Springboks at altitude in 47 years.

And the former schoolboy international is setting his sights on a place at the World Cup later this year.

"It's obviously a really big year of Test football," he said.

"I think the group of players that are coming through will mean a strong future for the Wallabies. To be part of that would be fantastic and I'll be working hard to ensure I can make a contribution to that success.

"I was really honoured to be given an opportunity last season and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of Test rugby.

"To be playing alongside and against the biggest names in the game is something that every player wants to achieve."

McCalman is the 13th Wallaby to agree a new deal with the ARU, with lock Nathan Sharpe and full-back Kurtley Beale doing likewise earlier this week.

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