Perth - The Force have confirmed the re-signing of lock Richie
Arnold for the next two seasons after an impressive debut campaign in Perth.
Arnold has already played seven games this year in the Super
Rugby season and showed glimpses of what is in store for years to come.
The former Queensland Country representative says the Force is where he wants to play his rugby and further develop his game.
"I’m really enjoying my time at the Force and feel
we’re building something special here," he said. "There’s a good
understanding among the group of what we want to achieve and an excellent work
ethic. We all want to play for each other."
In what was a long journey to Super Rugby for Arnold, he
attributes reaching his goal to a dedicated athletic performance team and the
constant drive from his teammates.
"I’ve had some frustrating injury setbacks over the
past 18 months, but am very grateful to everyone at the Force who has supported
me and gotten me to the point where the body is feeling good and I have a lot
more confidence in my ability," he added.
Western Force forwards coach Joe Barakat says the signing of
Arnold is another positive move for club and he has plenty to offer on the
"Richie’s size and athleticism make him unique,"
he said. "He’s shown that he can bring real intensity and physicality to
his performances, which at 208cm and 120kg’s can make a big impact on a game.
"He’s worked incredibly hard over the last 18 months
and has shown a desire to want to be successful. We’re delighted to have him
with us for the next few years."