Jackson/Olding Fallout Set To Cause Even More Problems For Ulster Rugby


Ulster Rugby could end up losing their main sponsorship deal Bank of Ireland as a result of the fallout of the Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding rape trial.

Bank of Ireland has sponsored Ulster Rugby for over 20 years, but The Times are now reporting that they have contacted the province over issues raised during the Belfast trial.

Both players continue to be suspended from play while the IRFU and Ulster carry out a review, which is expected to conclude within the next two weeks.

A spokeswoman for Bank of Ireland confirmed to The Times yesterday that it had spoken to the club.

“It is of paramount importance to Bank of Ireland that our sponsorship activity aligns with and supports our core values, and reflects positively on Bank of Ireland through association.

“We understand that an internal review is under way at Ulster Rugby. We expect this review to be robust, to fully address the issues raised, and that decisions will be taken — and policies and protocols be put in place — that fully address the issues that have arisen.”

A spokesman for Ulster Rugby would not comment yesterday on whether the issue of sponsorship would play a part in decisions about the players’ future.

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