Rodda rolling with responsibility at lineout time

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Izack Rodda is relishing the added responsibility of calling the shots at lineout time, having called upon set piece maestro Rob Simmons during his time at the Reds.

Rodda's first chance to run the lineout came at Australian U20s level but when former Reds coach Nick Stiles tapped him on the shoulder halfway through last season, the 21-year-old was more than happy to oblige.

Rodda may have usurped Simmons at the Reds but he credits the 82-Test lock as the man that helped him take the lead.

"I learnt a lot from Simmo when he was at the Reds," Rodda told RUGBY.com.au.Rodda is taking control of the Reds lineout. Photo: Getty Images"He's obviously been doing it for years so he pointed me in the right direction to show me how to call and was really helpful about it.

"This year Higgers has been really helpful around that and it's the same with Thorny as well.

"They all know their stuff around that area and they're so helpful."

The Queensland lineout suffered some teething problems against the Rebels but it took better shape in their win over the Brumbies, as the familiarity with a new hooker in Brandon Paenga-Amosa grows.

"Every year your lineout moves change and your setup changes," Rodda said.

"You've just got to get those reps in with all the hookers and get used to knowing how everyone throws, jumps and the different speeds of everyone."Izack Rodda and the Wallabies will face Ireland in June. Photo: Getty ImagesOne part of Rodda's repertoire that will need extra work, judging by his moves on Wednesday, is his Irish dancing.

Rodda busted a few moves to launch the Wallabies' June Test series against Ireland - a series which shapes to be a three match blockbuster given Ireland's current status as the third best team in the world.

"They're having a cracker of a Six Nations at the moment," Rodda said.

"They're leading it, playing some amazing football and they're really strong through their forwards so yeah, I'm really looking forward to it."

Rodda missed his home Bledisloe late last year when he went under the knife for shoulder surgery, so making the 23 come June is top priority.

"I was pretty gutted when I had my shoulder op the week before the game," he said.

"I'm so keen - hopefully I can get a run - that would be amazing."

The Reds face the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio.

The Wallabies take on Ireland at Suncorp Stadium on June 9, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio. Buy tickets here.