IRFU confirm Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's contracts have been revoked

Carla Harmon
April 15, 2018

The Ulster Rugby and IRFU review has focused on a series of sexually explicit WhatsApp conversations revealed during the trial involving the players and their friends.

His services are understood to have been pitched throughout the Premiership - with speculation mounting in Ireland about a link-up with Gloucester.

In a trial last month, both Jackson and Olding were acquitted of raping a woman in 2016 after a night out following their return from Ireland's tour of South Africa.

The group said it is also determined to "change how our criminal justice system deals with sexual assault crimes".

'He's been offered everywhere but a family club wouldn't want to be associated with those messages'. I'd also like to thank Ulster and Irish rugby for the opportunities that they provided for me and I wish them, and all my former team mates, every success.

"I recognise that my behaviour has fallen far short of the values expected of me as an worldwide player, a role model for the game of rugby and as a son and a brother", he added.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's departure from Ulster Rugby is expected to be announced imminently. I am truly sorry.

Mr Olding said he regretted the decision by the IRFU, describing his treatment since the acquittal as "both fair and unfair".

"I said outside the court that the Stuart Olding that you read about in the trial is not the real Stuart Olding".

The news broke that the two players at the centre of a rape trial would no longer play for their province over the weekend and now they must seek employment elsewhere.

Belfast Feminist Network organised the rally close to one of Kingspan Stadium's entrances, ahead of the game against the Ospreys, to send a message to sports officials about the responsibilities it says they have.

Ireland's Paddy Jackson kicks a conversion in Ireland's second test against Japan in Shizuoko. Mr Jackson later apologised for the messages. "Such behavior falls far beneath the standard that your organizations represent and as such we demand that neither of these men represents Ulster or Ireland now or at any point in the future", the advertisement said.

The bank, which has sponsored the club for 20 years, contacted Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan regarding the case.

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