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Irish rugby union revokes contracts of players acquitted of rape

15 April 2018

Rugby Players Ireland is to examine the review process carried out by the IRFU in the wake of both Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding having their contracts revoked.

The Ireland internationals were cleared of rape at Belfast Crown Court last month, with Jackson also found not guilty of sexual assault.

After the IRFU released their statement the out half said, 'I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's internal review.

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby statement acknowleged responsibility and commitment to "respect, inclusivity and integrity".

But he added that he was "truly sorry" his behaviour had fallen "far short of the values" expected of him as an worldwide player.

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 am truly sorry. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.

After Ulster's stay of execution win over Ospreys, the Ravenhill mood should have been jubilant at the whistle, but it wasn't.

Olding said: "I said outside court that the Stuart Olding that you read about in the trial is not the real Stuart Olding".

The news broke that the two players at the centre of a rape trial would no longer play for their province over the weekend and now they must seek employment elsewhere.

"I am very sorry that this day has come to pass".

Their Ulster team-mate Craig Gilroy was also sanctioned following a text message he sent following the alleged incident, and will be unavailable for selection until April 26th.

A joint statement was issued by both bodies earlier this morning.

Irish rugby union revokes contracts of players acquitted of rape