Sydney - Giant young lock Izack Rodda committed himself to
the Reds for another two years Wednesday in a boost to the Wallabies where he
has become a mainstay.
The 22-year-old, who only made his Test debut last year, led
the line in Australia's 23-18 Rugby Championship win over South Africa on
Saturday as the team builds towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Signing for the Reds and Rugby Australia until the end of
2020 means the exciting prospect maintains his eligibility to play for his
"I'm very excited to re-sign for two more years and I'm
really looking forward to sticking with the Reds and the Wallabies," said
Rodda, who towers 202 centimetres tall.
"There's a lot of competition in my position coming
through both the Reds and the Wallabies so it's going to keep me on my toes.
"I want to try get in the World Cup squad then cement a
spot in the 23, and hopefully win a World Cup."
Australians based abroad are generally unable to represent
their country, although the rules were relaxed in 2015 for senior players.
Those who have pulled on a Wallabies jersey more than 60
times and have held a professional contract with Australian rugby for at least
seven years can now play abroad and for the national team.