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Wallace believes Ulster fans need a better explanation

Wallace believes Ulster fans need a better explanation”

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.

Amid the reports linking Olding with a move to Exeter, Jackson has been mooted as being on Clermont's shopping list, with the French side sorely tested at fly-half this season, following a string of injuries.

This is a clear example of the challenge that faces both Olding and Paddy Jackson in their search for new clubs, after the pair were found not guilty of rape at their trial in Belfast last month, but an internal review at the IRFU and Ulster found their behaviour unacceptable and revoked their contracts.

"There is a sense from the fans that they have been left in the dark a bit".

Wallace added that he feels that the "vast majority" of Ulster supporters feel disappointed by the club's decision and that the fans feel as if the players contracts were revoked based on the Whatsapp messages they had sent to each other after Jackson's party. "I think the supporters, because they want to see Ulster being successful on the pitch, are sad to see the two players moving on". There's been quite a vague statement and just gauging the temperature of the supporters club they feel that they need a bit more information as how they came to that decision.

A former Ulster and Irish worldwide has called on rugby authorities to explain why they sacked Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Wallace believes that it's now time for the club and the players to move on and that Ulster need to "rebuild their brand", following the court case.

The two men were informed on Saturday that they would no longer be welcome to play the game with the province after details of their private Whatsap messages came into the public domain during the trial and both would have to seek employment elsewhere.

Mr Wallace said Mr Jackson and Mr Olding "will be able to start again and rebuild their careers" and could come back to Ulster's Kingspan stadium "in another jersey on some European night".

"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 to play at Kinspan it would be very hard for the players themselves and for Ulster".

"I don't think they'll be short of offers either".



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