Wallabies forward Izack Rodda and two other teammates are leaving the Queensland Reds after they were slammed suspension for turning down a pay slash by their employer following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rugby Australia’s Rugby.com.au explained that Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas had on Friday moved to cancel their contracts over the increasingly bitter pay cut issue.
The second row — who has run out for the Wallabies 21 times — now faces an uncertain future that could possibly lead him overseas.
The three-player had rejected a deal that saw the country’s professional rugby union players endured a 60 per cent pay reduction over six months to help the game avoid insolvency.
The agreement by the union which seem to be the only way out covers almost 200 players and was reached after three weeks of discussions between Rugby Australia, the country’s four Super Rugby teams and the Rugby Union Players Association.
The Minimum earnings were set at Aus$1,500 ($958) a fortnight, which is the same as Australia’s emergency government entitlements.
When an agent for the three players notified the Queensland Rugby Union of their opposition to the proposed deal, they were slammed suspension immediately.