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Brumbies sign Wallaby lock's gigantic 6'10, 127kg twin

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The Brumbies Fetching Away Kit

The Brumbies have announced the signing of Western Force lock Richie Arnold, twin brother of current Brumbie Rory. He joins the Canberra based outfit on a two-year deal.

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Richie, 27, notched up eight appearances for the Force this year and was at the forefront of Perth Spirits powerful forward play during this years NRC tournament. He stands at 6’10 along with his brother but is seven kilos heavier at 127kg, making him a powerful destructive force with ball in hand and on defence while also being a natural in the line-outs.

Brumbies head coach Dan McKeller was full of praise for their new signing, “we are very happy to have secured the signature of Richie for the Super Rugby season.”

“His physicality and set-piece work are the main strengths of his game and he offers us extra depth in that lock position.”

Arnold joins an already powerful setup at lock as he joins not only his brother but also Sam Carter and the newly capped international Blake Enever. Something he is looking forward to.

“It’s very exciting to be joining the Brumbies and linking up with Rory at such a fantastic club. Obviously, I have heard great things about the club from my brother.”

“I am now looking ahead to a new start in Canberra and am raring to get started.”

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Credit: rugby.com.au

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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