Rodda retains starting position for Pumas clash
LISMORE rugby junior Izack Rodda has retained his starting position for the Wallabies clash against Argentina this weekend.
He made his starting debut in the Australian side last weekend in a 27-all draw against South Africa.
Rodda, 21, has links across the Northern Rivers, having also played rugby at Ballina and grown up in Evans Head while he played for the Greens.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had no hesitation in moving Rodda into the starting side after only two appearances off the bench against New Zealand.
"Izack is young, he is eager and I want to give them these experiences so they can learn,” Cheika said.
"I don't think there is any risk there because he has come off the bench and played well in two big games and I can't see why starting is any different. It's a step along the way.”
A win could see Australia leapfrog South Africa into second on the final Rugby Championship standings, with the Springboks to face 2017 champions New Zealand in Cape Town.
The Wallabies have won 14 of their last 15 games against the Pumas, including each of their last five clashes.
Australia haven't had a good record away from home recently, though, with the Wallabies without a win in their last four games abroad.
A solid showing here could see Rodda make the second-rower jersey his own for years to come.
"You're always affected by injuries some weeks, and then sometimes you are trying new combinations but before this campaign I said that the base is here now and there are some guys that I'm looking at to back up week to week,” Cheika said.