Favourites Emerge For Paddy Jackson's Signature Following Ulster Sacking

Protestors demonstrate outside the home of Ulster rugby Kingspan Stadium

Protestors demonstrate outside the home of Ulster rugby Kingspan Stadium

The Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement that both the national organisation and the Ulster Rugby club had rescinded the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding with immediate effect.

A jury in Belfast found Jackson (26) and Olding (25) unanimously not guilty of rape while Jackson was also acquitted of sexual assault.

The IRFU issued a joint statement with Ulster Rugby on Saturday morning.

Irish rugby's governing body has revoked the contracts of two internationals acquitted of rape citing "the core values of the game" after a trial exposed their use of degrading language towards the woman who accused them. I am truly sorry.

Prior to today's announcement, Jackson and Olding had been stood down for duty for Ulster and Ireland since charges were brought against them in July 2017. 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. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.

Irish Rugby have released a statement concerning the futures of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Meanwhile, Craig Gilroy has been sanctioned over a message sent following the alleged incident in 2016, and will be unavailable to play for Ulster until the 26th of April. Routinely, Ulster supporters have learnt from Dublin based journalists the latest and breaking news about their Belfast based club - whether it be the arrival of Les Kiss, the departure of Ruan Pienaar or the current shortlist to replace Jonno Gibbes - the news emanates from Dublin - showing clearly where decision making power lies.

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