Abrasive No.8 Ben McCalman takes over from club legend Matt Hodgson to become the fourth captain of the Road Safety Western Force and 49-time capped Wallaby is set to thrive in the role and lead by example. McCalman has established himself as one of the Force’s most consistent players over the last seven seasons thanks to his incredible work ethic, powerful ball running and aggression in contact. McCalman returned from a stint in Japan to play 11 matches last season and finished third in the Nathan Sharpe Medal voting. With 91-caps to his name the 28-year-old is set to become the Force’s third centurion and the Sea of Blue can expect another big season from ‘Dog’.

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Stats

Games: 
91
Points: 
55
Tries: 
11
Conversions: 
0
Penalty Goals: 
0
Drop Goals: 
0
Timeline: 
2016
Plays 11 matches for the Force. Represents Australia against England and New Zealand before suffering a scapular injury which cut short his international season.
2015
Plays 15 matches for the Force; wins 2015 Nathan Sharpe Medal; plays in the Rugby World Cup.
2014
Plays 14 matches for the Western Force and scores four tries; runner-up in the Nathan Sharpe Medal and awarded Geoff Stooke Award; plays all three inbound Tests against France; starts in Tests against Argentina and South Africa during the Rugby Championship; selected for the Wallabies Spring Tour.
2013
Plays 14 matches for the Western Force, scoring two tries; selected for the Wallabies tour against the British and Irish Lions, earning a cap off the bench in the 16-41 loss in Sydney; selected for the Rugby Championship and Spring Tours, adding eight caps to his total; re-signs with the Western Force.
2012
Plays eight matches for the Western Force in a season disrupted by a fractured bone in his shoulder; not considered for Wallaby selection due to injury; returns for Sydney University but breaks his arm against Southern Districts ending his season.
2011
Plays all 16 matches for the Western Force; scores his maiden Super Rugby try against the Hurricanes in Week 15; starts against Samoa and in three Tests during the Tri Nations Series; plays seven matches for the Wallabies during the Rugby World Cup, scoring his maiden Test try in the 68-22 win over Russia; starts at No.8 and scores the match-winning try to defeat Wales 21-18 in the third/fourth play-off; selected Spring Tour, starting in the 24-18 win over Wales but a late withdrawal for the match against the Barbarians due to an eye irritation.
2010
Makes his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Brumbies in Week One; receives his first run-on start against the Hurricanes in Week Two; makes his Test debut in the Wallabies’ 30-13 win over South Africa in Brisbane; earns his first Test run-on start in the Wallabies’ emphatic 41-39 last-minute win over the Springboks in Bloemfontein; scores a try in Sydney University’s 46-6 Shute Shield grand final win over Randwick; selected for his first Spring Tour, starting in all four Tests against Wales, England, Italy and France.
2009
Member of the Waratahs Academy; represents the Australian side that finishes eighth in the 2008/09 IRB World Sevens Series; forced to sit out much of the season with an ankle injury; starts at lock in Sydney University’s 24-19 win over Randwick in the Shute Shield grand final; selected for the Wallabies’ Spring Tour train-on squad; signs with Western Force.
2008
Starting back-rower for the Australia Under 20 side that finishes fifth at the IRB Junior World Championship in Wales; scores two tries in Australia’s 81-12 win over Canada at the IRB Junior World Championship; starts at lock in Sydney University’s 45-20 Shute Shield grand final win over Randwick.
2006
Member of the NSW 1 Schoolboys that defeat Queensland 1 34-20 in the National Schoolboys Championships; represents the Australian Schoolboys for a second successive year; selected for Australian Schoolboys tour of Fiji and New Zealand, defeating Fiji Under 18 (10-3) but falling to New Zealand Schools (18-8)
2006
Member of the NSW 1 Schoolboys that defeat Queensland 1 34-20 in the National Schoolboys Championships; represents the Australian Schoolboys for a second successive year; selected for Australian Schoolboys tour of Fiji and New Zealand, defeating Fiji Under 18 (10-3) but falling to New Zealand Schools (18-8)
2005
Member of the NSW Schools side that wins the National Schoolboys Championship, defeating Queensland Red 20-17 in the final; selected for the Australian Schoolboys side that tours the UK and Ireland, defeating England Under 19 (24-12) and Ireland Under 19 (17-11).