Rugby Australia and the
Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) have today released Queensland Reds players Izack
Rodda, Harry Hockings, and Isaac Lucas.
The decision comes after the three players elected to pursue termination of
their contracts after being stood down by the QRU on Monday.
Rodda, Hockings, and Lucas were stood down after they declined 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
Rugby Australia interim CEO, Rob Clarke said: “Rugby Australia and the
Queensland Rugby Union have made the decision to release the three players from
their contracts, effectively immediately.
“As everyone is aware the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt in every country,
across every industry, and Rugby is no exception.
“As a result, the game collectively took the difficult but necessary action to
stand down over 70% of the entire Rugby workforce, which equates to over 150
workers that are now receiving the JobKeeper subsidy.
“At the same time, 189 professional Rugby players in Australia accepted reduced
pay for an interim period to enable the game to navigate this unprecedented
situation. The three Queensland players elected not to accept these terms.”
QRU CEO David Hanham said: “A decision has been made today. Our focus and
attention is on the players, staff and rugby community who have committed to
our program and our team.”