Ulster Rugby and IRFU release statement following Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding verdict 8 months ago

Ulster Rugby and IRFU release statement following Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding verdict

Ulster Rugby and the IRFU have released a statement following today's verdict.

Two IRFU-contracted players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, were found not guilty of rape and sexual assault in Belfast on Wednesday afternoon.

The IRFU and UIster Rugby will now conduct an internal review "in line with existing procedures for all contracted players."

Jackson and Olding will remain suspended during the Review Committee process.

This is the statement in full

The IRFU and Ulster Rugby note the verdict handed down today at the Belfast Crown Court in relation to the case brought against Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. We wish to acknowledge that this has undoubtedly been a difficult and extremely traumatic time for all involved.

To respect the judicial proceedings the IRFU and Ulster Rugby postponed any internal review of the matter with the players, until the proceedings concluded.

IRFU and Ulster Rugby officials will review the matter, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players. A Review Committee, made up of senior representatives of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby, has been appointed and will conclude its review as soon as practicable.

The players will continue to be relieved of all duties while the Review Committee is in process and determining its findings.