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Wallaby lock joins second division Provence

NEWS: Australia’s Izack Rodda will join Provence for next season, the ambitious French second-tier club announced on Thursday.

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Rodda, 27, made the last of his 34 Wallabies appearances in November 2022.

The Western Force lock missed last year’s World Cup through injury and returns to France after a season with Lyon in 2020/2021.

“I’m super excited to be coming to France and joining Provence for the upcoming season.

“I’m keen to meet my new team-mates but especially the fans,” he added.

Provence has also signed Rodda’s fellow Wallaby Ned Hanigan, former Wales centre George North, and former France flyhalf Jules Plisson as they aim for Top 14 promotion.

The Southerners finished top of the second-tier ProD2 last season but failed to be promoted as they were beaten in the semifinals by Grenoble.

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Former France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre will take over as Provence’s director of rugby for the 2025-2026 campaign.

ProD2 will welcome a host of other foreign stars next season including former England lock Courtney Lawes and South African flyhalf Curwin Bosch at Brive as well as former England wing Jonny May at Soyaux-Angouleme.

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