Rugby Australia and Queensland Rugby Union formally terminate contracts of Reds younger weapons Izack Rodda, Isaac Lucas and Harry Hockings


“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 depart the Reds and head abroad on the prime of their careers – are actually free to take their skills elsewhere.

Nonetheless, their ugly exit from Australian rugby has not been considered favourably by directors and a return sooner or later is probably not 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.

“In consequence, the sport collectively took the troublesome however crucial motion to face down over 70 per cent of the complete rugby workforce, which equates to over 150 employees that are actually receiving the JobKeeper subsidy.

“On the identical time, 189 skilled rugby gamers in Australia accepted lowered pay for an interim interval to allow the sport to navigate this unprecedented scenario. The three Queensland gamers elected to not settle for these phrases.”

QRU chief government David Hanham added: “A choice has been made in the present day. Our focus and a focus is on the gamers, employees and rugby neighborhood who’ve dedicated to our program and our crew.”