Rugby boss denies 'culture of misogyny' at Ulster

Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson after Ulster match

Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson after Ulster match

The two players are now without a club after the IRFU and Ulster revoked their contracts with immediate effect following an internal review into their behaviour in light of the not guilty verdict from the much-publicised rape-trial.

Rob Herring at the Ulster Rugby Press Conference in Belfast on April 2nd, 2018.

The worldwide duo had their contracts revoked by the IRFU on Friday after an internal review following their highly publicised rape trial at Belfast Crown Court. Jackson was also found not guilty of sexual assault.

The IRFU confirmed that the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding had been revoked with immediate effect over the weekend.

To that end, Wallace - who played 189 times for his home province and won 30 Ireland caps - believes the decision to sever ties with Jackson and Olding was commercially driven. While the men were acquitted unanimously by the jury, the public was divided.

"I have my own views on that but someone in Ulster Rugby has to come out and make that very clear".

English rugby side Exeter chiefs have this morning rubbished reports that former Ulster and Ireland centre Stuart Olding was to join the club.

"I think I would concur with the statements of the two players, on a couple of occasions, that they were way below the standards expected of role models". They probably feel that these guys have been acquitted and they are being judged on their text messages which were obviously completely out of order and that is the core issue here.

"In arriving at this decision, the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby acknowledge our responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: Respect, Inclusivity and Integrity".

"From that point of view, there was no decision to be made".

"I think we were all shocked because I don't think what subsequently emerged was in line with what we knew of them or indeed how we expect any of us to behave", he said.

In a statement on the club's official website, Clermont head coach Franck Azéma says the reports were "false information" and they have made no contact with Jackson, and there is 'no desire on our part to engage his services'.

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