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Wallaby lock Rodda in doubt for Force opener

Izack Rodda of the Force during the round two Super Rugby Pacific match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force at AAMI Park on February 26, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Wallabies lock Izack Rodda’s highly-anticipated return looks set to be put on ice after he injured his quad at Western Force training on Wednesday.


Rodda, who has missed most of the past 18 months due to a series of stress fractures in his right foot, was named in the Force’s starting line-up for Friday night’s Super Rugby Pacific clash with the Hurricanes in Perth.

But those plans are now up in the air after Rodda injured his quad at training just moments after the team was released.

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The 27-year-old will undergo scans to determine the extent of the damage.

Although he hasn’t been officially ruled out of the season-opening match just yet, it seems highly unlikely he’ll play.

Captain and fellow lock Jeremy Williams has already been scratched due to concussion.


Last season’s skipper Michael Wells and new recruit Nic White will take over the captaincy duties this week.

White will pair with Ben Donaldson in an all-Wallabies 9-10 combination.


Fellow recruits Tom Franklin, Will Harris and Harry Potter have also been named in the starting XV.

The number of club debutants this week could rise to as high as eight if Ben Funnell, Lopeti Faifua and Tiaan Tauakipulu are introduced off the bench.

Force playmaker Reesjan Pasitoa will miss the next 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair the elbow he dislocated.

Siosifa Amone (thumb, 6-8 weeks), Felix Kalapu (hamstring, seven weeks), Harry Hoopert (knee, 3-4 months) and Angus Wagner (knee, seven weeks) are other Force players on the sidelines.


The NSW Waratahs’ coach Darren Coleman has opted to ease exciting youngster Max Jorgenson back from injury through the reserves in their clash with the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Joey Walton will start at fullback, while new Queensland coach Les Kiss has also pulled a surprise in the No.15 jersey, opting for Jordan Petaia ahead of Jock Campbell.



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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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