BSP-14 Giant Wallaby lock Rodda eyes World Cup after new deal

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Giant Wallaby lock Rodda eyes World Cup after new deal

SYDNEY, Sept 12, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Giant young lock Izack Rodda committed
himself to the Queensland 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 country.

“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 (6ft 6ins) 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.

BSS/AFP/MR/1035 hrs