Rory Arnold of the Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between Australia and Argentina at Cbus Super Stadium in September. Photo: Darren England/EPA

SYDNEY – Towering Wallabies lock Rory Arnold will join French club Toulouse at the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season, his team ACT Brumbies announced Friday.

The 28-year-old, one of the tallest players in rugby at 2.08 metres (6.8 feet), has been a mainstay of the Canberra-based Brumbies since 2015.

“I've come to the decision that the 2019 season will be my last in Canberra. It was a very hard decision to make,” said Arnold, who has 19 caps for Australia.

“I believe the timing is right to move on after this season and experience something new. Now that I've made my decision, I'm looking forward to the 2019 season and the future.”

The move does not rule him out of the World Cup in Japan next year as he will have played Super Rugby in the same season.

A dejected Rory Arnold, Will Genia and Adam Coleman of Australia, after their loss to Scotland in June 2017. Photo: Dean Lewins/EPA
A dejected Rory Arnold, Will Genia and Adam Coleman of Australia, after their loss to Scotland in June 2017. Photo: Dean Lewins/EPA

But he will be ineligible after that under rules that overseas-based players must have at least 60 caps to still be in contention for the Wallabies.

Brumbies chief Phil Thomson said Arnold made his decision “for the longevity of his rugby career”.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)