Paddy Jackson full statement after Ulster and IRFU sacking
Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have both been sacked by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU following an internal review. They were both acquitted of rape after a nine-week trial last month.
Statement of Paddy Jackson in full:
"I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's internal review.
"However, I recognise that my behaviour has fallen far short of the values expected of me as an international player, a role model for the game of rugby and as a son and a brother. I am truly sorry.
"Since I was a young boy it was my ambition to play for Ulster and Ireland and I am extremely proud, privileged and honoured to have done so. It is therefore with great sadness and regret but with many cherished memories that I leave that behind.
"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this process. I have taken great strength from that support. I'd also like to thank Ulster and Irish rugby for the opportunities that they provided for me and I wish them, and all my former team mates, every success.
"My focus in the months and years ahead will be on rebuilding the trust placed in me by people throughout Ulster and Ireland."
Belfast Telegraph Digital