TOUGH INITIATION: Australian player Rory Arnold looks on during the First Test between the Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
TOUGH INITIATION: Australian player Rory Arnold looks on during the First Test between the Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. DAVE HUNT

Brumbies keen to push for finals

RUGBY UNION: Brumbies second-rower Rory Arnold is looking forward to getting back to Super Rugby, after two gruelling Tests for the Wallabies, against the struggling Reds in Canberra on Friday night.

Arnold, who will turn 26 on game day, gained a lot of confidence making his Wallabies debut against the victorious touring Englishmen.

But after spending four weeks in camp under relentless coach Michael Cheika, a battered and bruised Arnold now wants to resume the Brumbies’ finals push.

“We were training quite hard and it’s taken its toll on everyone’s bodies,” said Arnold, who copped a stray boot in the Wallabies’ 23-7 loss in second Test and required 14 stitches.

With reports lock Kane Douglas could make his long-awaited Reds debut from a knee injury against the ACT, Arnold said he was looking forward to facing his abrasive Wallabies opponent.

The Brumbies lead the Australian conference on 34 competition points.


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