Izack Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas have officially parted ways with the Queensland Reds and the group is adamant the Super Rugby franchise had no legal grounds to stand them down after they refused a short-term pay cut.
On Monday the Queensland Rugby Union issued a statement saying that Rodda, Hockings and Lucas were stood down until further notice for refusing to take a pay cut and not signing the JobKeeper forms like 189 of their peers across the country.
However, it has since emerged Rodda, wanted to move to another Super Rugby side, while the other younger players wanted to get out of their Reds deals to explore possible options in Japan.
A statement issued on behalf of the three to media outlets explained the decision.
“Following the Qld Rugby Union’s repudiatory conduct, Izack Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas have terminated their contracts with QRU and Rugby Australia (RA),” the statement said.
“The QRU had no legal basis to issue the stand down notice. The QRU was given considerable opportunity to withdraw the notice. The QRU failed to do so.”
Anthony Picone, who manages all three players, hit out at the QRU.
The latest news means Rodda, who has played 25 Tests for the Wallabies, has apparently turned his back on the national set-up.