Rodda named in Wallabies squad
FORMER Lismore rugby union junior Izack Rodda has been named in the Wallabies extended train-on squad for the Bledisloe Cup.
Rodda, 20, is one of 11 uncapped players named and it is a big achievement considering he only made his Super Rugby debut off the bench for the Queensland Reds this season.
He will join Reds teammate and Yamba product Kane Douglas in a training camp.
Rodda forced his way into the Queensland starting side for the first time at the expense of Douglas who was relegated to the bench at the time.
The week-long strength and conditioning camp in Newcastle will form the first part of the lead-in to the opening Bledisloe Cup clash with a finalised squad to be named prior to a camp in Cessnock on August 6.
"We have a lot of work to get done between now and August 19 when we play New Zealand in Sydney," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.
"That work started in June, we tried to maintain some of that throughout the last rounds of Super Rugby and now we start to take it up a level.
"We want all of these guys to be very clear on what the trademarks are of the Wallabies game and then be equipped and ready to deliver it when asked to enter the arena for Australia, whether it's for five minutes or the whole 80 minutes of every Test this season.
"That is what our objective will be over the next couple of weeks and I can't wait to get stuck into it," Cheika said.
Rodda played juniors at Lismore and moved from Evans Head to finish high school at Ipswich Grammar School before playing for Australia in the Under-20s last year.
The Wallabies will begin their Bledisloe Cup campaign against New Zealand at Sydney on August 19.