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Rory Arnold (born 1 July 1990) is an Australian professional rugby union player. He plays for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition, and has represented Australia in test matches.[6] His regular position is lock.

Rory Arnold
Rory Arnold 2017.jpg
Full nameRory Wiremu Arnold
Date of birth (1990-07-01) 1 July 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthWagga Wagga, Australia
Height2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight120 kg (18 st 13 lb; 265 lb)[2][3]
SchoolMurwillumbah High School
Notable relative(s)Richie Arnold (twin brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Canberra Vikings / Brumbies
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Gold Coast Breakers[4] ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Griquas[5] 6 (10)
2014−pres. Canberra Vikings 21 (28)
2015−pres. Brumbies 59 (30)
Correct as of 25 February 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Combined Country 1 (0)
2016−pres. Australia 22 (5)
Correct as of 19 September 2019

Family and early lifeEdit

Rory Arnold and his identical twin Richie were born in Wagga Wagga, Australia. Their father Tony was stationed there while in the army.[7] The brothers were raised in Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales where they both played junior rugby league until aged 16.[1] In 2010, Rory joined the Murwillumbah rugby club where he played for two seasons before being scouted by the Gold Coast Breakers (now Bond University Rugby Club).[8]

Rugby careerEdit

Arnold played Premier Rugby for the Breakers in 2013 and was selected in the Combined New South Wales–Queensland Country side that faced the British and Irish Lions during their 2013 tour to Australia, coming on as a late substitute.[9][10]

He joined South African side Griquas for the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division competition.[11][12] Arnold scored a try in his opening match and was accused of biting a defender when scoring it.[13] He was initially suspended but the charge was overturned and annulled on appeal.[1]

Arnold underwent a shoulder reconstruction and sat out most of the 2014 season before joining the University of Canberra Vikings in the inaugural National Rugby Championship.[11] He was included in the Brumbies squad for the 2015 Super Rugby season.[14] He made his debut in the Brumbies season-opening match against the Reds, starting in their 47–3 victory in Canberra.[15] As of 2015, Arnold was among the tallest players in Super Rugby, behind South African lock JP du Preez at 1 cm taller.

WallabiesEdit

In 2016, Arnold was named in the Wallabies preliminary 39-man squad for the 2016 series against England.[16] He played two tests in the series.[6]

Super Rugby statisticsEdit

As of 25 February 2019 [17]
Season Team Apps Start Sub Mins T C PG DG Pts YC RC
2015 Brumbies 15 14 1 843 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2016 Brumbies 14 13 1 706 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2017 Brumbies 15 14 1 802 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2018 Brumbies 13 12 1 889 2 0 0 0 10 1 1
2019 Brumbies 2 2 0 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 59 55 4 3365 6 0 0 0 30 1 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dutton, Chris (9 August 2014). "ACT Brumbies recruit Rory Arnold tallest player in Super Rugby history". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Rory Arnold". brumbies.com.au. ACT Brumbies. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Rory Arnold". Australian Rugby. 2016. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Gold Coast Breakers Player Profile Rory Arnold". Gold Coast Breakers. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Rory Arnold". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Brumbies keen to push for finals". Queensland Times. 28 June 2016. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  7. ^ Harris, Bret (27 February 2015). "Brumbies big man Rory Arnold says long levers are an advantage". The Australian. News. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Breakers selected in the Combined Country team". Gold Coast Breakers. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  9. ^ "ESPN Match Report: Combined NSW-Queensland Country v British and Irish Lions". ESPN Scrum. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Lions Match Report: Combined NSW-Queensland Country v British and Irish Lions". British and Irish Lions. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  11. ^ a b Fairbairn, Pete (8 July 2015). "Rory Arnold". Rugby Union Players Association. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Griquas promote club player". SAPA. IOL Sport. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Rugby Union - Australian debutant Arnold gets red card for biting". Sportsflash. 1 September 2013. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Brumbies Team". Brumbies. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  15. ^ "In the space of five years, Rory Arnold has gone from playing from the Murwillumbah Bananas to becoming a Wallaby". Herald Sun. 10 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 November 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  16. ^ Wallabies squad full of surprises
  17. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 25 February 2019.

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