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Michael Cheika Set To Name Giant 208 cm Lock To Face England

during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.

Australia will be looking to challenge England in the line out.

Although Australia have made massive improvements to their scrum since the appointment of Mario Ledesma last year, their line out has been guilty of cracking under pressure.

During the World Cup final for instance, New Zealand disrupted the Wallabies line out by putting a great deal of pressure of Stephen Moore’s throw.

However it seems Michael Cheika has learned from his sides failings at the set piece, by handing 6 ft 8 in Rory Arnold his debut against England.

Australian Wallabies Portrait Session

Arnold, who only took up rugby five years ago after being approached in a local pub by a member of the obscurely named Gentlemen of Murwillumbah Rugby Club, has impressed Cheika over the past fortnight. As a result, Fox Sports believe Arnold will be partnered alongside Rob Simmons in the Wallabies second row.

Despite weighing in at 120 Kg, Arnold’s work rate and physicality have won favour with Cheika, who will be looking to combat the influence Joe Launchbury, George Kruis and Maro Itoje at line out time.

Although the Brumbies lock will become the tallest ever Australian international, he still ranks behind the tallest international player of all time, 213 cm Richard Metcalfe.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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