Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

IFRU And Ulster Rugby Cancel Contracts Of Jackson And Olding

IFRU And Ulster Rugby Cancel Contracts Of Jackson And Olding

Both Jackson and Olding were last month found not guilty of raping the same woman in 2016.

The 25-cap No 10 has also been touted around France, but several English clubs have already turned down his services.

People took to Twitter in response to the verdicts, using the hashtag #IBelieveHer - an global hashtag which has been used previously to criticise how the justice system handles sexual assault and rape cases.

'He's been offered everywhere but a family club wouldn't want to be associated with those messages'.

A statement from the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby is anticipated on Saturday, the Press Association understands.

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.

Despite being found not-guilty in the trial in which they were accused of rape, Jackson and Olding's futures with Ulster Rugby and Irish Rugby have been in jeopardy since.

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Jackson and Olding have been the subject of a review by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU and will continue to be relieved of all duties while the review committee is in process and determining its findings.

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

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

"However, I recognise that my behaviour has fallen far short of the values expected of me as an worldwide player, a role model for the game of rugby and as a son and a brother". I am truly sorry.

Campaigners calling for Jackson and Olding to be axed took out a prominent newspaper advert last week.

"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".

The IRFU also suspended Irish national player Craig Gilroy until April 26 following a review of a text message he sent.

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