Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ulster chief has grim message for Jackson and Olding supporters

Ulster chief has grim message for Jackson and Olding supporters

Jackson and Stuart Olding had their Ulster and IRFU contracts revoked on Saturday after an internal review while Ulster winger Craig Gilroy has been dropped from first team consideration until the end of April.

"We'll have to move quickly to a massive game against Glasgow this weekend".

Clermont have poured cold water on suggestions that they're interested in signing Paddy Jackson.

In a press conference held today ahead of Saturday's PRO14 clash against Glasgow, Herring read out a statement on behalf of the province's players.

Both players were acquitted of all charges, but it was decided they were to be let go due to their behaviour regardless. It is a joint Irish and Ulster Rugby position, the statement is clear and is not something that we are contemplating'.

Although Jackson and Olding were cleared of criminal charges, they have faced criticism over the content of explicit WhatsApp conversations that emerged during the trial between the players and their friends.

"We have taken on board everybody's views right across society, right across our supporter group, our sponsor group, our players, clubs, volunteers, we are part of society".

Head of Ulster Rugby Shane Logan has since come out to say he does not envisage the players playing for club or country again.


Where to next for Jackson and Olding was discussed on this week's The Hard Yards rugby show, you can listen to the discussion below from the 41.00 mark.

The duo are expected to resume their rugby careers outside Ireland.

"No sponsor, including Bank of Ireland, drove the decision", he added.

'I think there's a sense among the fans that they've been left in the dark a bit, ' Wallace told RTÉ radio.

Jackson, 26, and Olding, 25, were unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court last month of raping the same woman at a party at Jackson's south Belfast home in June 2016.

Exeter Chiefs, meanwhile, have distanced themselves from speculation suggesting they are interested in bringing Olding to Sandy Park, while former Ireland coach Declan Kidney refused to comment when asked if he would be interested in bringing either to Premiership outfit London Irish.

Mr Logan insisted sponsorship money did not have any impact on the club's decision.

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