Brace for impact: young Queensland Country lock Izack Rodda has looked at home in this year’s NRC. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley
rugby.com.au: Much was made of Rob Simmons coming back from the national squad to play in Queensland Country’s first two matches of this season’s Buildcorp NRC. Indeed, Simmons himself made a Wallabies comeback out of it, on the back his performances.
But while Simmons did enough to win a Test recall, plenty of heads were being turned by the performance of the impressive young lock packing down next to him. Who was this broad-chested kid with an incredible workrate, just ripping into everything and everyone?
Well, he’s Izack Rodda, a two-metre-tall strapping young lad from Evans Head, just south of Ballina on the NSW north coast, and I had a really enjoyable chat with the 20-year-old this week…