Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union have released Queensland Reds players Izack Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas from their contracts.
The decision was made after the three players decided to pursue termination of their contracts after being stood down by the QRU last Monday.
Rodda, Hockings, and Lucas were stood down because they refused to accept a reduction in pay and to nominate for the Australian Government’s JobKeeper subsidy, notwithstanding the interim pay agreement between Rugby Australia and RUPA.
Rugby Australia’s interim CEO, Rob Clarke, confirmed termination of the three players’ contracts, stating:
“Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union have made the decision to release the three players from their contracts, effectively immediately.”
Over 70% of the entire rugby workforce has been stood down in Australia during the coronavirus crisis, meaning over 150 workers are now receiving the Australian Government’s JobKeeper subsidy.
One hundred and eighty nine professional rugby players in Australia have accepted reduced pay for an interim period to enable the game to navigate this unprecedented situation, but the three Queensland players declined do so.