A towering, northern NSW-raised lock, Rory Arnold shot to rugby’s professional level from well outside the traditional pathways. A rugby league junior Arnold didn’t try his hand at rugby until 2011, playing for the Gentlemen of Murwillumbah club. He moved to Queensland in 2013 and was almost immediately picked from the Gold Coast Breakers to represent a combined NSW/Queensland Country side against the touring British & Irish Lions. Arnold left Australia to join Griquas in South Africa’s Currie Cup, catching the eye of former Brumbies and Springboks 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.
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, while injury ruled him out of Spring Tour calculations.