Wallaby Rory Arnold tells Fijian players to pull their heads in

Wallabies lock Rory Arnold says Fijian Drua players need to "pull their heads in" after his Canberra Vikings teammate was eye-gouged last week.

Drua centre Eroni Vasiteri was handed a nine-week ban for eye-gouging Canberra Vikings hooker Folau Faingaa in round five of the National Rugby Championship.

It marked the second ugly incident of Fiji's debut NRC season after hooker Samu Suguturaga was banned for 20 weeks after biting Brisbane City captain Andrew Ready.

Arnold confirmed Faingaa was good to go with the 15-Test lock set to make his first Vikings appearance this season when they face Melbourne Rising away on Sunday.

"The Fijian boys have been getting in a bit of trouble this season but Folau has pulled up alright and is training well, his eyes cleared up and he's all good," Arnold said.

"You can't be doing that on the rugby field, it's pretty serious stuff talking about your eyesight, there's no place for it in rugby and those boys have to pull their heads in."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sent Arnold and Lopeti Timani home last week in search of NRC minutes and the duo are set to clash in their first game back.

"We sat on the plane together on the way back from South Africa and had a joke about the game and who would get the wood," Arnold said.

"We both have haven't played any footy in a while so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and getting the win."

the ACT Brumbies seconder-rower said Cheika wants more consistent performances from him with Arnold to use his NRC time to ensure he's on the spring tour.

"It's about playing good games every week, not having a good game then a quieter game and then getting a rev-up and playing another alright game," Arnold said.

"NRC is a bit different to Super Rugby and internationals, you don't have that added pressure and can go into games a bit more relaxed, but I still want to perform as best I can."

Arnold was on the road with the Wallabies for almost two months following the Brumbies campaign and said he's enjoying being back home before jetting off for the spring tour.

"The body is good, it all snowballs from Super Rugby to NRC and internationals and then spring tour, so it's a big season but you do get a good little break at the end," Arnold said.

"I've been travelling around a little bit but it's good to be back in Canberra and I haven't played a game in four or five weeks, so it's good to abe to come back and get run with the Vikings."


Sunday: Melbourne Rising v Canberra Vikings at Frankston park, 1pm.

Vikings team: 1. Faalelei Sione, 2. Folau Faingaa, 3. Les Leuluailii-Makin, 4. Blake Enever, 5. Rory Arnold, 6. Rob Valetini, 7. Tom Cusack (c), 8. Lolo Faka'osilea, 9. Ryan Lonergan, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 11. Tom Banks, 12. James Dargaville, 13. Andrew Robinson, 14. Ben Johnston, 15. Andrew Muirhead. Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Harry Lloyd, 18. Joel Penders, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Angus Allen, 21. Pedro Rolando, 22. Mack Hansen, 23. Len Ikitau

Rising team: 1. Rory O'Connor. 2. Siliva Siliva, 3. Fereti Sa'aga, 4. Jason Havea, 5. Alex Toolis, 6. Rob Leota, 7. Ikapote Tupai, 8. Lopeti Timani, 9. Harrison Goddard, 10. Jack McGregor, 11. Henry Hutchison, 12. Lloyd Johansson, 13. Sione Tuipulotu, 14. Kitione Ratu, 15. Jack Maddocks. Reserves: 16. Cameron Mapusua, 17. Tom Moloneym, 18. Pome Fa'amausili, 19. Sione Taufa, 20. Mahe Vailanu, 21. Maradona Farao, 22. Hunter Paisami, 23. Angelo Leaupepe.

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