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Clock ticks for Rugby Australia to avoid mass player exodus overseas | Bret Harris

Without an income-generating competition, the three Queensland players may not be the last to walk away

Rugby Australia is racing to set up a domestic Super Rugby competition that will not only see a resumption of play, but help to generate much-needed income to prevent a mass exodus of players overseas. The trio of Queensland Reds players – Izack Rodda, Isaac Lucas and Harry Hockings – who terminated their contracts after refusing to take pay cuts last week is a trickle that could become a flood if RA fails to negotiate a broadcast deal to fund a domestic competition and beyond.

While those players seem to have cut their ties with Australian rugby, the rest of the 190 or so professional players will be anxiously waiting to see the outcome of broadcast negotiations, which will largely determine the value of future player payments.

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