Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Irish rugby players have contracts revoked after rape trial

Irish rugby players have contracts revoked after rape trial

The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby, the players' team in Ireland, launched a joint review of the case and said the contracts of Jackson and Olding have been terminated with immediate effect.

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

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

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

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In a statement, the IRFU have said they'll conduct an in-depth review of current structures and educational programmes within the game in Ireland.

"However, I recognise that my behaviour has 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".

That's why the Jackson and Olding departures are so problematic for the club, the fans who have put up with Logan, Cunningham and Kiss over the past couple of seasons - even defended them - have done so because they abhor the very type scapegoating that they feel their club are now undertaking with their own players. I am truly sorry.

On Friday evening, dozens of people staged a protest outside the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast ahead of Ulster Rugby's match against Ospreys. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.

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However, the companies sponsoring Ulster and Ireland...

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 bear no one any ill will.

Another Ulster player, Craig Gilroy, has been sanctioned in relation to a lewd WhatsApp message sent to Olding and will be unavailable for selection until April 26.

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