Clermont Not Interested In Signing Paddy Jackson

Clermont Not Interested In Signing Paddy Jackson

Clermont Not Interested In Signing Paddy Jackson

26-year-old Paddy Jackson and 25-year-old Stuart Olding were found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old student back in June of 2016.

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.

A former Ulster and Irish worldwide has called on rugby authorities to explain why they sacked Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

However, a review was carried out amid concerns over details including sexually explicit conversations on WhatsApp that were deemed derogatory towards women.

With the amount of media attention the trial received there is bound to be interest in where the two will play their rugby next.

"I have my own view obviously, but I think somebody within Ulster Rugby needs to come out and make that very clear".

As for the rugby authorities, the fact that there will now be a review within the game in Ireland to ensure core values are understood, supported and practised at every level, must be regarded as a welcome first step. Just gauging the temperature of the supporters clubs, they feel they need a bit more information as to how they came to that decision.

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"I think it's an opportunity to Ulster Rugby to rebuild itself as a brand after the last couple of months", he said.

"They probably see these guys being acquitted and then judged on their text messages, which were obviously completely out of order".

Both men are top flight players, they have had the honour of representing their province and country, been held up as role models for schoolchildren, revered by supporters and well rewarded for their talent and skill.

Although the head of Ulster Rugby, Shane Logan, has denied their decision was driven by sponsors, the financial implications of this case must surely have been considered along with other factors.

"I don't think they'll be short of offers either".

"They have come out and apologised for their involvement and their actions and they need to be allowed now to rebuild their lives and start again".

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