“The choice comes after the three gamers elected to pursue termination of their contracts after being stood down by the QRU on Monday.
“Rodda, Hockings and Lucas have been stood down after they declined to simply accept a discount in pay and to appoint for the Australian authorities’s JobKeeper subsidy, however the interim pay settlement between Rugby Australia and RUPA.
“The choice comes after the three gamers elected to pursue termination of their contracts after being stood down by the QRU on Monday.”
The three gamers, who’re all managed by Anthony Picone – the agent who labored on offers for Will Genia, Liam Gill, Campbell Magnay and Samu Kerevi to go away the Reds and head abroad on the prime of their careers – at the moment are free to take their skills elsewhere.
Nonetheless, their ugly exit from Australian rugby has not been seen favourably by directors and a return sooner or later might not be a given.
RA interim chief government Rob Clarke stated: “As everyone seems to be conscious, the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt in each nation, throughout each business and rugby isn’t any exception.
“Because of this, the sport collectively took the tough however mandatory motion to face down over 70 per cent of your complete rugby workforce, which equates to over 150 staff that at the moment are receiving the JobKeeper subsidy.
“On the similar time, 189 skilled rugby gamers in Australia accepted diminished pay for an interim interval to allow the sport to navigate this unprecedented state of affairs. The three Queensland gamers elected to not settle for these phrases.”
QRU chief government David Hanham added: “A choice has been made at present. Our focus and a spotlight is on the gamers, workers and rugby group who’ve dedicated to our program and our staff.”