Irish rugby players have contracts revoked after rape trial

Paddy Jackson

Paddy Jackson

Per the Sunday Independent, both Jackson and Olding will be financially compensated with Jackson expected to "walk away with a financial settlement close to his contract value".

In a statement to the Press Association, Jackson said: "I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's internal review". The report says that Olding is "on the brink" of signing with Rob Baxter's side but that the club has distanced themselves from reports that they are also interested in signing Jackson. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.

In late March, the pair were found not guilty of rape and sexual assault of a young woman after a lengthy trial in Belfast.

"It is with regret", he began, "that I have been informed that the IRFU have chose to revoke my contract".

Former Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has been linked with a move to Clermont next season after his contract with Ulster Rugby and the IRFU was revoked on Saturday.

"Regrettably, influences outside of my contractual arrangement have made it impossible for that to happen".

The Ulster Rugby and IRFU review has focused on a series of sexually explicit WhatsApp conversations revealed during the trial involving the players and their friends.

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

For 26-year-old Jackson it brings a brutal end to a Test career, at least for the forseeable future, which had seen him earn 25 caps for Ireland.

Fellow Ulster and Ireland star Craig Gilroy, who was not involved in the trial, is also subject to a review because he was the author of one of the offensive messages which referred to women in derogatory terms.

Ulster Rugby's shirt sponsor Bank of Ireland said it was "highly concerned" about the "serious behavior and conduct issues" that emerged in the trial. We too are committed to rugby's values of respect, integrity and inclusivity.

The IRFU have added that a review of the existing structures and educational programmes within the game will be carried out.

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