"This indicates how committed he is to his faith and obviously his faith is very important to him," South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold told Sporting News about his player's decision to leave the team. "We all wish him and his family the very best for the future and we look forward to finishing this season off with him here at South Sydney."
Rabbitohs winger Richie Kennar has been released from the final year of his contract to serve a two-year Mormon mission, commencing in 2019.
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The 23-year-old will see out the rest of the season, having played just six games with a foot injury keeping him out of action long-term.