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The IRFU and Ulster said yesterday their contracts have been revoked with “immediate effect”.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