Ireland had 'no option' than to sack Jackson and Olding - O'Driscoll

Paddy Jackson playing for Ulster

The Ulster Rugby Supporters Club (USRC) have asked fans to consider five different responses to the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's decision to revoked the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Ahead of Ulster's final home game of the season against Glasgow this weekend, Rob Herring read a statement on behalf of the Ulster squad expressing sadness at Jackson and Olding's departure.

Meanwhile, French champions Clermont Auvergne have ruled out recruiting Jackson, saying speculation they wanted to sign the former Ulster and Ireland out-half was "false information".

"We got a taste of it in the Kingspan Stadium and had the decision been different you probably would've seen more of that", he said.

Before Ulster's Pro14 meeting with the Ospreys last Friday a number of fans protested, calling for action to be taken against the duo, and O'Driscoll believes the situation may have escalated had the IRFU taken an alternative stance.

Ulster CEO Shane Logan said that Ulster and the IRFU were in agreement on the stance of neither player having a future with either team.

Pleased they are gone, they have brought disgrace to Ulster Rugby.

Although Jackson and Olding were cleared of criminal charges, they have faced criticism over the content of explicit WhatsApp conversations that emerged during the trial between the players and their friends.

Where to next for Jackson and Olding was discussed on this week's The Hard Yards rugby show, you can listen to the discussion below from the 41.00 mark.

"We have taken on board everybody's views right across society, right across our supporter group, our sponsor group, our players, clubs, volunteers, we are part of society".

The Ulster Rugby Supporters Club is now canvassing opinion amongst its 938 members over whether they will protest against Ulster's decision or not ahead of, or during, Saturday's Pro14 game against Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium.

"No sponsor, including Bank of Ireland, drove the decision", he added.

'The position is joint.

"I know one of those individuals well obviously and I wouldn't like to comment on anything to do with that case at the moment", said Kidney.

Despite a jury finding Jackson and teammate Stuart Olding not guilty of rape at Laganside District Court, they will now have to look outside of Ireland for employment.



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