Giant lock Rory Arnold has committed his immediate future to the Brumbies, and Australian rugby, by signing a three-year contract with the Super Rugby club and the Australian Rugby Union.
Amid extensive overtures from the Northern Hemisphere, the signing of the 208cm second-row, is a real statement of intent from Arnold who is very much looking forward to playing his rugby with the Brumbies.
"I am delighted to be staying with the Brumbies for the next stage of my career," Arnold told the Brumbies' official website.
"It was flattering to receive offers from overseas, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I am committed to the Brumbies, and Australian rugby, and am looking forward to attempting to stake a claim for a regular place in both the Super Rugby and international line-ups. The lure of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 played a major part in my decision and I was hesitant to head overseas too early in my career.
"It’s a new era at the Brumbies and there are a number of talented young players coming through the ranks both here and in Australian rugby in general and it is an exciting time to be involved. My family is here as well and, after talking it through with them, I made the decision to stay. It’s been an entertaining and fun ride for me in my career so far and I am eagerly awaiting the next stage."
Arnold, a product of Wagga Wagga, was a late starter to the game of rugby only playing his first game half a dozen years ago but there followed a meteoric rise up the ladder.
Having run out for Murwillumbah Bananas third grade, on the NSW Far North Coast, Arnold earned himself a Super Rugby contract at the Brumbies via stints in the Currie Cup with Griquas and in the Buildcorp NRC with the UC Vikings.
The giant lock made his Super Rugby debut in the 2015 victory over the Reds, the Brumbies winning 47-3 in Canberra, before making the step-up into the international arena with the Wallabies, earning his first test cap in the 2016 Brisbane test against England claiming a maiden test try against the All Blacks later in the season.
Arnold has committed to the Plus500 Brumbies through until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.