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IRFU Issue Statement About Paddy Jackson And Stuart Olding's Future

IRFU Issue Statement About Paddy Jackson And Stuart Olding's Future
By Mark Farrelly

In the wake of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's acquittal in the Belfast rape trial, the IRFU and Ulster Rugby have released a joint statement, saying they will be conducting an internal review of the matter.

The statement on the IRFU website confirms that the pair will 'continue to be relieved of all duties' until that process has been completed.

It reads:

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.

All four defendants in the trial were found not guilty. Stuart Olding (25) from Ardenlee Street has been found not guilty of rape; McIlroy (26) from Royal Lodge Road has been found not guilty of exposure; Rory Harrison (25) from Manse Road has been found not guilty of withholding information and perverting the course of justice.

The jury reached a unanimous decision having spent 3 hours and 45 minutes deliberating.

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