Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Ulster chief has grim message for Jackson and Olding supporters

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Preston Stone | 17 April, 2018, 19:18

Ulster players have expressed their "sadness" at the departures of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding following the termination of their contracts.

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Jackson had been linked with French club CLERMONT Auvergne in the past few days, but they also have came out to say he will not be signing for them. Boycott Glasgow game. Won't see you on Saturday.

The group has surveyed the fanbase in the aftermath of the two players being let go, giving people a number of responses to how they view the move.

However, Mr Logan insists that behaviour is not indicative of a wider problem within Ulster Rugby.

"That is not something that is being envisaged", Shane Logan told the BBC about the possibility of the players being selected for Ulster again. It's a joint Irish and Ulster rugby position.

The global duo had their contracts revoked by the IRFU on Friday after an internal review following their highly publicised rape trial at Belfast Crown Court.

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The review focused on a series of explicit group text conversations involving the players and their friends, which was revealed during the trial. And he rejected criticism that Jackson and Olding had been effectively hung out to dry by their club and country.

Ulster Rugby players have issued a statement following the departure of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding from the side.

"No sponsor including Bank of Ireland drove the decision", he claimed.

Exeter Chiefs, meanwhile, have distanced themselves from speculation suggesting they are interested in bringing Olding to Sandy Park, while former Ireland coach Declan Kidney refused to comment when asked if he would be interested in bringing either to Premiership outfit London Irish.

"But at the end of the day, having looked at all those things, the decision was based on alignment with what it is we stand for in particular the value of respect".

Jackson said he was "deeply disappointed" anout the outcome of the review, but he accepted that his behaviour had "fallen far short of the values expected of me as an global player, a role model for the game of rugby and as a son and a brother".

"I'm glad to take the opportunity to dispel that myth", he said.

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