IRFU Terminate Jackson And Olding Contracts Following Review

Anne Mc Vicker and Helen Crickard prepare placards for tonight’s protest outside Kingspan Stadium

Anne Mc Vicker and Helen Crickard prepare placards for tonight’s protest outside Kingspan Stadium

Yesterday, Mr Jackson released a statement saying: "I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's internal review". The report says that Olding is "on the brink" of signing with Rob Baxter's side but that the club has distanced themselves from reports that they are also interested in signing Jackson.

Some English clubs are nervous about making an approach for the two players, fearful of upsetting sponsors, who would be fully aware of the negative publicity that surrounded Jackson and Olding during their...

The 26-year-old will now look to resume his rugby career away from Ireland with Peter O'Reilly of The Sunday Times and Leo Faure of Rugbyrama both reporting that Clermont is actively working on securing a deal to bring Jackson to the central French city.

In a statement to the Press Association, Jackson said he was "disappointed" with the outcome, but added "I recognise that my behaviour has fallen far short of the values expected of me as an worldwide player" and that he is truly sorry.

"It is with regret", he began, "that I have been informed that the IRFU have made a decision to revoke my contract".

Jackson and Olding were both found not guilty of rape and were acquitted of all charges.

The IRFU and Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been sacked with immediate effect.


"I very much wished to continue to have the opportunity to represent them".

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial last month, are to leave Ulster.

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

In a statement, the IRFU and Ulster rugby said they acknowledge their responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game.

Mindful of the issues about players' behavior off the field and some of the opinions expressed in the text messages, the IRFU also said it would launch "an in-depth review of existing structures and educational programs, within the game in Ireland, to ensure the importance of these core values is clearly understood, supported and practiced at every level of the game".

"We too are committed to rugby's values of respect, integrity and inclusivity".

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