IRFU & Ulster Rugby Issue Statement As Jackson & Olding Found Not Guilty

Free men.

Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have today been found not guilty by a jury at Belfast Crown Court of rape and sexual and assault.

Blane McIlory and Rory Harrison have also been acquitted of all charges. The jury reached a unanimous verdict after three hours and 45 minutes of deliberation.

Ulster Rugby and the IRFU have released the following statement as a result:

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.