Sacked rugby players won't return to team - Ulster rugby chief

Paddy Jackson playing for Ulster

Paddy Jackson playing for Ulster

As already mentioned the IRFU and Ulster rugby cancelled both players contracts on Saturday and in a statement they said, "Following a review, conducted in the aftermath of recent court proceedings, the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby have revoked the contracts of Patrick Jackson and Stuart Olding with immediate effect".

"It would be completing inappropriate to talk about contractual matters of that nature", said Mr Logan. That sums up how we all feel about it.

The decision to revoke the two players' contracts was made this weekend by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby.

Exeter Chiefs, meanwhile, have distanced themselves from speculation suggesting they are interested in bringing Olding to Sandy Park, while former Ireland coach Declan Kidney refused to comment when asked if he would be interested in bringing either to Premiership outfit London Irish.

Both players were acquitted of all charges, but it was decided they were to be let go due to their behaviour regardless.

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

Logan was speaking for the first time since the decision was made to revoke the players' contracts and he says he does not expect them to return to play for the province in the future.

However, some details of the trial, including degrading and offensive Whatsapp messages exchanged between the players and their friends, including Mr Gilroy, were areas of concerns for a range of sponsors of the sides, women's rights activists and many in wider society.

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"In my experience, the culture is actually very healthy and very good, and a couple of players made serious errors of judgement".

Mr Logan said the morale in the team, which has been struggling this season, had taken a battering.

"My role here, in very traumatic circumstances, is to do at least two things".

"We are going to put the decision behind us and move on".

"There is a sense from the fans that they have been left in the dark a bit". It's a joint Irish and Ulster rugby position. the statement is clear and it is not something that we are contemplating.

"The overwhelming sentiment is one of sadness".

"That like any relationship between employer and employee is not something that is in the public domain", he said.

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