Ulster Players Speak Of 'Sadness' Over Paddy Jackson And Stuart Olding

Ulster rugby players have spoken of their "sadness" after Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding had their contracts revoked over the weekend.
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Jackson and Olding were acquitted of raping a woman in south Belfast June 2016, however the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby revoked both of their contracts, over aspects of their behaviour concerning sexually explicit WhatsApp conversations.

Senior player on the Ulster squad Rob Herring said: "We know that the two boys will be successful both on and off the pitch wherever they go.

"As a group, we have to move on and our full focus is now on Glasgow this weekend. It's news that's out there now.

"We'll have to move quickly to a massive game against Glasgow this weekend. They're a great side in good form."


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