NRC: Arnold to begin Wallaby comeback in NRC

by Marty Cambridge

Rory Arnold will stake his claim for a return to the Wallaby set-up via the Buildcorp NRC.

He was named in the UC Vikings squad for round one in a side that features many familiar faces to Brumbies fans.

It will be Arnold’s first hit-out since a Super Rugby season-ending elbow injury.

Rory Arnold made his debut for the Wallabies this year. Photo: Getty Images.

Aussie Men’s Sevens star Henry Speight was also named in the match day 23 but will have to make his return to the 15-man format from the bench.

The side will be captained by Brumbies flanker Jarrad Butler and will be mentored by new head coach Wayne Southwell.  

Young playmaker Joe Powell will start at number nine and will be joined by teenager Nick Jooste in the halves while vice-captain Robbie Coleman returns to the NRC at fullback after missing all of last season through injury.

The side begin their campaign against Queensland Country at Bond University on Sunday at 3:00pm with all of the action live on Fox Sports.

UC Vikings side

1.     Sione Taula

2.     Robbie Abel

3.     Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin

4.     Rory Arnold

5.     Blake Enever

6.     Tom Staniforth

7.     Jarrad Butler (c)

8.     Jordan Smiler

9.     Joe Powell

10.  Nick Jooste

11.  Lausii Taliauli

12.  Jordan Jackson-Hope

13.  Andrew Smith

14.  James Dargaville

15.  Robbie Coleman


16.  Connal McInerney

17.  Faalelei Sione

18.  Nick Dobson

19.  OJ Noa

20.  Dean Oakman-Hunt

21.  Brent Hamlin

22.  Isaac Thompson

23.  Henry Speight