- 29 Age
- 120kg Weight
- 208cm Height
A towering, northern NSW-raised lock, Rory Arnold shot to rugby’s professional level from well outside the traditional pathways. Having played rugby league until he was 16 years old Arnold didn’t try his hand at rugby until 2011 when a few mates convinced him to have a run around in third grade for the Gentlemen of Murwillumbah club. He moved to Queensland in 2013 and was almost immediately picked from the Gold Coast Breakers to represent the Combined NSW/Queensland Country side against the touring British & Irish Lions. Arnold then upped and left Australia to join Griquas in South Africa’s Currie Cup and it was there he was noticed by former Brumbies and South African national coach, Jake White. In 2015 he won the Australian Super Rugby Rookie of the Year and earned a call-up to the Wallabies training squad. A year later the 208cm Arnold made his test debut against England as the tallest Wallaby of all-time. Despite stiff competition from Adam Colemand and Izack Rodda, Arnold has gone on to play a total of 19 Tests through to the end of the 2018 season. He enjoyed a stellar Super Rugby season with the Brumbies in 2019 and as a result is poised to attend his first Rugby World Cup.
Arnold won his first Test cap at lock in the run-on XV for the 1st Test against England in Brisbane. He played in a total of nine Tests over the course of the season, seven as a starting lock.
Arnold was capped in each of the opening six internationals only to be overlooked for the Rugby Championship. A knee injury, one that subsequently required surgery, ruled him out of Spring Tour calculations.
He picked up a further four caps, two as a starting lock, before a fractured eye socket suffered in the Captain’s run ahead of the Test against Italy brought his season to a premature close.