At 202cm tall, Izack Rodda is an imposing lock who has established himself as a leader among his peers at the St.George Queensland Reds.
Rodda played 14 matches for the Reds in 2019 and was handed the Queensland captaincy against the Chiefs in Hamilton last year when Samu Kerevi was rested under Rugby Australia's workload management policy.
In his first full season of senior Rugby in 2016, Rodda represented both the Queensland and Australian Under 20s, as well as Bond University Queensland Country – where he was one of the standout locks in the National Rugby Championship.
Less than a year later, Rodda established himself as a regular starter for the Reds and showed enough throughout Super Rugby to earn his Test debut against the All Blacks in a nail-biting match in Dunedin, just six months after making his Super Rugby debut.
To get to know Izack a bit better, check out the interview below!
Greatest Achievement/ Proudest Moment?
My greatest achievement would have to be when I got picked for my first test match in NZ and my mum was there to see it, as it was my childhood dream.
What does being a Westpoint Autos Ambassador mean to you?
It means a lot to be a part of this Westpoint Autos ambassador's family that stretches out of many sports and other people in the community. It's great being apart of this team. I really think they are doing great things. They have something for everyone's price range. All the staff are lovely and very helpful. Plus I also love testing out the massive variety of cars they stock.
Pineapple on pizza. Yes or No?
Pineapple on pizza is a big yes for me. But on burgers no thank you.
What's your favourite car to drive and why?
My favourite cars to drive is ute's because there's heaps of room to put my surf boards and fishing gear in the back. I'm also able to go off road searching for new fishing spots and surfing spots. I've been driving the Nissan navara lately and loving it. Very smooth drive plenty of room and being 6,8ft (202cm) I need heaps of leg room ahah.
What was your first car?
My first car was Suzuki Swift 2008 model white. I had to take the front seat out to fit drove from the back.
What aspect of the Westpoint Autos ethos speaks to you the most?
How passionate the safe are in finding you're dream car at a price you can afford. They're kind and polite nature which is a great reflection on the company. Also how the company works with the ambassadors to create events / cool prices for customers and their families.
If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join and why?
Would have to be Metallica as I've been a fan my whole life I used to have Metallica posters in my room CD'S besides my bed with a CD player. Blasting it all day.
What motivates you to work hard?
My family motivates me to push harder and become a better player on and off the field. I wouldn't be where I am today without the sacrifices my family gave up to allow me to do what I loved.
What's your favourite movie and why?
This question is hard because I love any movie Will Ferral is in he's so funny and love his movies. It's a hard choice out of Step Brothers and Semi Pro , but I think Step Brothers just wins it for me. I love Step Brothers because of all the classics one line jokes through out the movie.
What's one fun fact about you?
I have 2 fun facts: I was in the school choir from grade 2-6; I can also quote every line from any Will Ferrel movie made on request.