NSW await report on McCalman

29 December 2017 12:45:52 EST

Ben McCalman's chances of earning a Super Rugby deal with the Waratahs hinge on a medical report on his troublesome right shoulder.

The 29-year-old, who has played 52 Tests for Australia, is a free agent after the Western Force were axed from the competition at the end of last season.

The Waratahs expressed interest in him following the end of the campaign, but the backrower then hurt his shoulder again in the Wallabies' defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

The NSW franchise are awaiting a report on him before finalising negotiations for the 2018 season.

McCalman only played one Super Rugby match for the Force last season after fracturing his scapula.

He's injured his shoulder four times in the past two years, twice while playing international rugby.

The player is understood to be weighing up his options as he may face another lengthy rehabilitation.

NSW chief executive Andrew Hore confirmed on-going interest in the hard-running McCalman, and that a medical report on him was due.

The Waratahs have already signed one former Force player, centre Curtis Rona, and a fit McCalman would be a significant addition to a squad that already boasts an all-Wallabies backrow in Michael Hooper, Jack Dempsey and Ned Hanigan.

McCalman can play in any of the back row positions as well as second row, which would be handy as the team have lost Will Skelton to Saracens and seen fellow lock Dean Mumm retire.

A veteran of two Rugby World Cups for Australia, McCalman played 92 Super Rugby games for the Force.

He featured in all four Tests on the Wallabies' end of year tour to Japan and Britain, starting at blindside flanker in the Scotland Test.

NSW are 18/1 to win the 2018 Super Rugby title.

Meanwhile, Australia are 12/1 to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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