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McCalman feeling refreshed ahead Super Rugby start




Wallabies and Western Force No.8 Ben McCalman says that even though he has had little rest he is feeling refreshed and ready to go.

McCalman joined the Western Force earlier this week following a stint in Japan after the Rugby World Cup which means he has had little down time.

The Wallabies No.8 is one of four players that have been permitted by the ARU to play abroad so McCalman has played in Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship, The World Cup and in Japan over the last year.

The other three players are Israel Folau, Bernard Foley and Christian Leali’ifano who will only play in three campaigns due to the World Cup cycle.

McCalman’s match time was monitored closely by former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans at Wild Knights and the player says that after a two-week break from rugby he feeling refreshed.

“It’s been a busy last 12 months that’s for sure, but I’ve enjoyed it,” McCalman told the West Australian.

“The body is right, I’m not injured and could play tomorrow.”

“I’m lucky that (Force coach) Michael Foley gave me a couple of weeks off and I didn’t have to think about playing at all.

“I’m mentally fresh and ready to get back into it.”

“One thing is the physical exertion, but there is the mental side as well.”

McCalman will be starting a new three year contract with the Force this year and he expects to be back in Super Rugby for Round three against the Brumbies at nib Stadium on March 11.

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