Izack Rodda, Australia’s second row, referred to his controversial departure from the Reds as he prepares to make his international comeback Sunday in the yellow jersey in the Wallabies’ game against the All Blacks in Perth.
The forward was one of three players to leave the Queensland team in 2020 following a contract dispute. Rodda accepted a contract with Lyon in France, which was a great frustration for his coach in Brisbane, Brad Thorn, who was angered by the actions of the second row.
However, the 25-year-old returned to Australia, signed a contract with the Western Force and will start for the Wallabies team for Sunday’s clash with the All Blacks in Perth. “This comeback obviously shows people that it was never about money. It’s about the shirt and what it means, ”Rodda told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“If that changes people’s opinion, fine. I’m happy for them. But if not, too. I’m not here to please everyone. I am here to do what is best for me and what is best for my rugby, “said the player.
Despite the controversy surrounding his departure, Rodda decided not to clarify the reason for his departure, but does not regret leaving when he did. “I wanted to come back only to play for my country., that has always been my goal, since I started in rugby. That is what I wanted to do. That’s why I literally came back, ”he said.
Rodda ultimately decided to sign for Force, which showed his progress by reaching the 2021 AU Super Rugby play-offs. “I decided on Force because I had a lot of conversations with Sambo (coach Tim Sampson) and the people at the club and I thought they are doing the right things. and making all the right moves to become a competitive team ”, he said about his arrival and closed:“ I thought this club and this team were the best for me ”.