Wallabies forward Izack Rodda and two team-mates are parting ways with the Reds, after they were suspended for refusing a pandemic-prompted pay cut.
Wallabies lock Rodda, fly-half Isaac Lucas and lock Harry Hockings, were "stood down" by the QRU on Monday after refusing to accept salary reductions or to sign up to the government's JobKeeper programme.
That claim comes despite RA, through director of rugby Scott Johnson, supporting QRU chief executive David Hanham's decision earlier this week.
RA interim chief executive Rob Clarke said: "Rugby Australia and the Queensland Rugby Union have made the decision to release the three players from their contracts, effectively immediately".
'It is disappointing the QRU chose to air the issues publicly.
"This is their livelihood".
Rodda (23), who has 25 Test caps, and Lucas (21) were both contracted until 2023 while Hockings (21) was off contract but in talks for an extension. "It is only reasonable that talented players want to secure stable employment during these times", he added.
Picone has long ruffled feathers at the Reds, previous year arranging a move to Japan for captain Samu Kerevi while also facilitating the exits of Will Genia and Liam Gill.
The players' agent, Anthony Picone, argued the Reds had no legal grounds to do so and this morning he confirmed the termination of their RA and Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) contracts.
Castle had been under pressure to retain her position in the face of multiple challenges, including a damaged relationship with top players, the lack of a new broadcasting deal, Rugby Australia's poor financial position that only deepened during the coronavirus pandemic, and a letter co-signed by 10 former Wallabies captains demanding a change of administration because the sport had "lost its way".
Football players in the National Rugby League, the Australian rules Australian Football League and football's A-League have accepted pay cuts while their sports have been shuttered.
The QRU and RA were contacted for comment.