Wallabies lock Izack Rodda part ways with Reds over pay cuts

Queensland trio terminate Australian rugby contracts amid pay dispute during coronavirus shutdown

Rugby Australia do not anticipate a thrill of gamers to ignore their contracts after they consented to launch 3 Queensland Reds team-mates that declined to take pay cuts throughout the COVID-19 closure.

"We all have to face the consequences of our decisions in life - I'm not going to speak on behalf of those players, they can speak themselves". Lucas and Rodda had only recently re-signed with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds on long-term deals with the pair alongside Hockings expected to play big roles for the Wallabies in the future.

Rugby Australia interim chief executive Rob Clarke said they had released the trio on Saturday, but he doubted the decision would set a precedent for other players to demand a release.

Football players in the National Rugby League, the Australian rules Australian Football League and soccer's A-League have accepted pay cuts while their sports have been shuttered.

The trio were the only three Australian-based Super Rugby players to refuse pay cuts which average 60% and were negotiated by Rugby Australia and the players' union. He stated the organisation had been given ample opportunity to withdraw the notices, but had "failed to do so".

Anthony Picone, the agent for the players, had argued argued the Reds had no legal grounds to stand them down.

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"It is disappointing the QRU chose to air the issues publicly", Picone said. "This offer was rejected".

'It would be wise for the Reds and RA to maintain amicable relationships with these players.

He said in a statement the players had arrived at the decision because of the "enormous uncertainty surrounding the financial state of rugby, including the lack of a broadcast deal, and ability for contracts to be honoured into the future. South Africa have jumped the gun on us in this space and they won the World Cup with a unified squad selected from all around the world".

Rodda (23), with 25 Test caps, and Lucas (21) were both contracted until 2023, while Hockings (21) was off contract but in talks for an extension.

Isaac Lucas scoring for the Reds against the Sunwolves in February. "It is only reasonable that talented players want to secure stable employment during these times".

"All I know is that we all had a decision to make", said Wright, who added he'd been Rodda's "locker buddy" for the past three years.

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