McCalman in race against time

Date published: February 3 2017

Recently appointed Western Force captain Ben McCalman is likely to miss the kick-off of his side's Super Rugby campaign.

The loose forward has a touch-and-go chance of starting the Western Force's season after McCalman injured his thumb during training and underwent surgery for it.

If he does heal in time, he will be fairly undercooked considering that he hasn't played a single warm-up match beforehand.

Force coach Dave Wessels says that his is not worried about the lack of game time and that McCalman's experience will see him through.

"I'm not worried about him," Wessels told the Sky News Sport.

"He's a guy who's played a lot of rugby. Those senior guys generally have a switch – they understand how to perform.

"Although he's had those niggles, they're not injuries that have necessarily stopped him from training. So actually his body is feeling pretty good.

"It's just a dislocated thumb – it's not a massive deal.

"It was where the dislocation happened that was a bit unusual – it happened at the base of his thumb."