Ulster Rugby boss explains why Jackson/Olding contracts were revoked

Belfast Feminist Network activists hold a protest outside the Kingspan Stadium in east Belfast ahead of Ulster's Pro14 match against the Ospreys

Belfast Feminist Network activists hold a protest outside the Kingspan Stadium in east Belfast ahead of Ulster's Pro14 match against the Ospreys

I'd also like to thank Ulster and Irish rugby for the opportunities they provided for me and I wish them, and all my former teammates, every success.

Where to next for Jackson and Olding was discussed on this week's The Hard Yards rugby show, a JOE podcast.

Ulster Rugby's CEO says he can not see Paddy Jackson or Stuart Olding returning to play with the province or country in the future.

Ulster Rugby boss Shane Logan was speaking for the first time since Ulster revoked the players' contracts and admitted that he did not foresee them returning to play for the province in the future.

Logan added: "I think we were all shocked because I don't think what subsequently emerged was in line with what we knew of them or indeed how we expect any of us to behave".

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A third player, Craig Gilroy, was implemented as a result of a text message he had sent, which was revealed during the trial.

"I have my own views on that but someone in Ulster Rugby has to come out and make that very clear".

Logan also rejected criticism that the two players, whose contracts were revoked at the weekend, had been effectively hung out to dry by their club and country.

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"I hope that they will learn from that and I hope they fulfil their potential going forward", he said.

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In statements following their departures, both Jackson and Olding said they were "disappointed" and had "deep regret" over the decision.

"The decision itself was probably the decision that had to be made, given the public pressure that was mounting and the sponsorship issue", he said.

Following the trial Jackson said he is "ashamed" for the distress caused to a women he met at a party in 2016, which led to a trial for rape.

Move on, we are a Supporters' Club and we support the club not individual players.

"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".

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"Each of them, and fair play to them for recognising it, were clear their behaviours had fallen far short of what was expected of them as role models".

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