Jack­son, Old­ing con­tracts re­voked

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UL­STER and Ire­land play­ers Paddy Jack­son and Stu­art Old­ing have been sacked.

Last month, the play­ers were cleared of rape af­ter a nine-week trial but the de­ci­sion brought a storm of protest from Ir­ish women.

The IRFU and Ul­ster said yes­ter­day their con­tracts have been re­voked with “im­me­di­ate ef­fect”.

The IRFU/Ul­ster Rugby state­ment said: “In ar­riv­ing at this de­ci­sion, the IRFU and Ul­ster Rugby ac­knowl­edge our re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit­ment to the core val­ues of the game: Re­spect, in­clu­siv­ity and in­tegrity.”

Ul­ster winger Craig Gil­roy has been sanc­tioned over a text mes­sage he sent to Stu­art Old­ing. He will be unavail­able for se­lec­tion by Ul­ster un­til April 26, 2018.

Jack­son said he was “deeply dis­ap­pointed” about the out­come of the in­ter­nal re­view.

He added: “How­ever, I recog­nise my be­hav­iour has fallen far short of the val­ues ex­pected of me as an in­ter­na­tional player, a role model for the game of rugby and as a son and a brother. I am truly sorry.”

Old­ing said: “The treat­ment I have re­ceived since my ac­quit­tal has made me even more deter­mined to prove my­self. I shall seek new chal­lenges else­where. I bear no-one any ill will.”

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