Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding release statements after being sacked by Ulster and the IRFU 1 year ago

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding release statements after being sacked by Ulster and the IRFU

Jackson said he was “deeply disappointed” with the outcome.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have released statements after Ulster Rugby and the IRFU confirmed that their contracts had been revoked on Saturday morning.

Both players issued statements to the Press Association that were released almost immediately after news that their contracts had been revoked was confirmed by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU.

In his statement, Jackson said: “I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby’s internal review.

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

“Since I was a young boy it was my ambition to play for Ulster and Ireland and I am extremely proud, privileged and honoured to have done so. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this process. I have taken great strength from that support. I’d also like to thank Ulster and Irish rugby for the opportunities that they provided for me and I wish them, and all my former team mates, every success.

“My focus in the months and years ahead will be on rebuilding the trust placed in me by people throughout Ulster and Ireland.”

Olding, meanwhile, said: “It is with regret that I have been informed that the IRFU have decided to revoke my contract.

“As I said outside Court following my acquittal, I am and will always be fiercely proud of having played for my province and country.

“I very much wished to have the opportunity to continue to represent them.

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

“I said outside Court that the Stuart Olding that you read about in the trial is not the real Stuart Olding.

“The treatment that I have received since my acquittal, both fair and unfair, has made me even more determined to prove myself.

“With the support of my family and friends I shall seek new challenges elsewhere. I bear no one any ill will.

“I am very sorry that this day has come to pass.

“To those who have continued to support me during these last 20 months, and especially the fans who continue to support me, I thank you all.”