Will Skelton is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to team up with Richie Arnold in the Wallabies pack. This potential pairing would likely go down as one of the greatest lock duos in the history of world rugby. Catch all the thrilling action of the 2023 Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup on Stan Sport, the ultimate destination for rugby fans, with ad-free, live, and on-demand streaming.
Skelton, standing at an impressive 203cm and weighing 140kg, is joined by the even taller but leaner Arnold, who measures at 208cm and weighs 127kg. These colossal athletes have been facing off against each other regularly in France in recent seasons.
Skelton described Arnold as a relentless presence on the rugby field, particularly when it comes to the lineout. He praised Arnold’s physicality, game knowledge, and overall skill level. Although Skelton admits to having a winless record against Arnold and his brother Rory at Toulouse, he is thrilled to have Richie as a teammate in the Wallabies camp.
Skelton, who currently plays for La Rochelle, has an impressive 24 Test caps to his name, while Arnold is yet to make his Test debut. Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has emphasized a power-based strategy for the Rugby World Cup, and it remains to be seen whether he will unleash both Skelton and Arnold against South Africa.
In addition to Skelton and Arnold, the Wallabies squad also includes lock options such as Nick Frost, Jed Holloway, Tom Hooper, and Rob Leota.
Skelton acknowledges that he has not always performed to his full potential in the Test arena, despite his influential presence in European rugby. However, he is excited about the opportunity to bring his experience and wisdom to the Wallabies team.
When asked about the “edge” that Jones has brought to the Wallabies, Skelton humorously referred to it as the “c word.” He explained that it involves being tough, competitive, and refusing to let opponents go through contact during training sessions. Skelton believes that this mentality will translate into strong performances on match days.
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