Gi­gan­tic dou­ble take

Twins get Brumbies con­fused

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - JIM TUCKER

RUGBY’S twin tow­ers are con­found­ing team­mates at the Brumbies, with Rory and Richie Arnold each mak­ing a claim on the No.4 jer­sey.

Wal­laby winger Henry Speight has had trou­ble telling the skyscrap­ing twins apart since Richie joined the squad from the now-de­funct West­ern Force.

“It’s hard for me be­cause even their man­ner­isms are sim­i­lar,” Speight said.

More team­mates were hood­winked in the re­cent trial against the Mel­bourne Rebels when the Brumbies ran 35 play­ers but had only 29 jer­seys to shuf­fle.

Of course, the best fit for the jer­sey draped over Rory’s su­per-sized 2.08m frame was his brother, so off came the No.4 jer­sey and on it ran again on Richie’s back. “Real good min­utes from Rory,” was one quip on the night.

Glen Ella once did a sneaky switch to stand in for Wal­laby twin Mark at an in­ter­view. A Fine Cot­ton-style swap might even work in rugby if Rory went off to the dress­ing room for a blood­bin break and a fresh Richie ran out to fin­ish the game.

The 27-year-old broth­ers are one of Aus­tralian rugby’s feel-good sto­ries be­cause the last time they played to­gether was for the Gen­tle­men of Mur­willum­bah Ba­nanas in 2011. It was third-grade bush footy, they trained bare­foot for weeks un­til size 16 boots ar­rived.

Rory’s step up for 15 Tests has been a tri­umph, while for­mer sugar mill rig­ger Richie has beaten in­juries to chart his own rise to Su­per Rugby and the Bris­bane Global Rugby Tens as a Brumby.

“The boys can tell us apart be­cause we’ve got dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties,” said Richie, whose hair is on the more un­ruly side.

“It would only be if I got a fresh cut like Rory that it might be hard for a few of the boys. Rory shaves his legs, I don’t, so there’s an­other thing.”

Richie is en­joy­ing a ca­reer he never thought he’d have be­cause he only broke into Pre­mier Rugby with his strong ball-cart­ing in 2015 with Bond Uni­ver­sity.

Last night’s trial against the Chiefs at Sun­shine Coast Sta­dium was a fi­nal hitout be­fore the Brumbies open the Su­per Rugby sea­son against the Sun­wolves in chilly Tokyo on Satur­day week.

Pic­ture: PHOTOSPORT.NZ

Brumbies twins Rory (left) and Richie Arnold have caused a bit of con­fu­sion with some team­mates.

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