Former Ireland International Wants Better Explanation Following Jackson/Olding Sacking

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

However, following an internal review conducted by Ulster and the IRFU after the conclusion of the case, both parties chose to revoke the players contracts citing their commitment to the core values of the game as a contributing factor in their decision.

Jackson has since been linked with a move to France while Olding was reported to be heading for the Premiership in England.

Jackson and Olding were both found not guilty by a Belfast court of raping the same woman at a party in Jackson's home in 2016 after a nine-week trial in the Northern Irish capital.

"I think there is a sense among the fans that they have been left in the dark".

The player's contract with the IRFU and Ulster Rugby was revoked last week.


"I have my own views on that obviously, but I think someone from Ulster Rugby needs to come out and make that very clear".

However he added that many supporters are disappointed and he wants to see Ulster further clarify how they came to the decision.

The former Ireland global believes there's still support for Jackson and Olding among Ulster fans.

Wallace, who spent his entire 13-year playing career with Ulster, called on someone from within the organisation to come out and provide more information on their decision making process.

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

Exeter's out of character decision to stamp out this rumour before it could grow any momentum indicates the strength of feeling among fans and it will be a testing task for the pair to convince teams that what they offer on the pitch will surpass the PR backlash that seems inevitable to come with their signings.

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

"In arriving at this decision, the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby acknowledge our responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: respect, inclusivity and integrity". If they were to return at Kingspan, it would be very hard for the players themselves and the Ulster team to survive that, so it's probably best that they go elsewhere to ply their trade. So it's probably best on both counts that they go elsewhere to ply their trade.

"I think time is a healer and if that day comes around hopefully it will be down the track", he said.

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