Force trio named in Wallabies squad
Western Force lock Izack Rodda, prop Tom Robertson and hooker Feleti Kaitu’u have been named in Dave Rennie’s Wallabies squad for next month’s Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener.
New Force signing and 2019 Rugby World Cup lock Izack Rodda headlines the new faces, making his return to the national setup for the first time under Rennie.
Rodda has earned 25 caps so far for the Wallabies after making his international debut in the Bledisloe Cup against the All Blacks in August 2017. The towering second-rower signed for the Force in March from French Top 14 side Lyon Olympique Universitaire.
He is joined by Western Force teammate and fellow new inclusion, Tom Robertson, who last wore the Wallaby gold in the 2018 Rugby Championship against South Africa.
Robertson, who enjoyed a stellar Super Rugby campaign in his first year with the Force this season, will be looking to add to his 24 Wallabies caps.
Kaitu’u will be aiming to make his Wallabies debut alongside his Force teammates in the upcoming Tests after being part of the Australian squad that defeated France in the three-match series earlier this month.
Head of rugby Matt Hodgson is delighted for the trio.
“Robertson had a great first season with the club in the front row and fully deserves to be back in the Wallabies setup again,” Hodgson explained.
“To see Rodda recalled is fantastic, as we have been striving to bring Wallabies back to Australia from overseas as part of our recruiting strategy. This will be a great experience for them and we hope to see all three of them in action.
“After such a strong year of Super Rugby, these selections further indicate the positive direction that the club is moving in.”
The group will assemble at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast today, to prepare for the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on August 7.
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2021 Bledisloe Cup Series
New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 7 August at Eden Park, Auckland at 5.05pm AEST*
Wallabies’ fixtures in eToro Rugby Championship
Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 21 August at Optus Stadium, Perth at 6.00pm AWST*
New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 28 August at Sky Stadium, Wellington at 5.05pm AEST*
South Africa v Wallabies, Sunday 12 September at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney at 3.00pm AEST
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 18 September at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 3.00pm AEST
Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 25 September at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 7.45pm AEST
Argentina v Wallabies, Saturday 2 October at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 8pm AEST
*forms part of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup Series