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Another Premiership club linked to Jackson and Olding


By Jonathan Bradley

Sale is the latest possible landing spot for former Ulster duo Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Both players had their contracts revoked by the IRFU earlier this month after a review into their conduct following a high-profile rape trial in which both were found unanimously not guilty of rape, with Jackson also acquitted of sexual assault.

The pair were linked heavily with Exeter and Clermont in the immediate aftermath of the decision, although both clubs denied their interest.

Jackson was Ireland's back-up fly-half before the controversy, and would have been a cert for the side's Six Nations panel that secured the Grand Slam last month.

Olding is considered to be closer to sorting his future, with England seen as a more likely destination than France and Sale now emerging as chief suitors.

The Manchester-based club have also been linked with a big-money move for Australian full-back Israel Folau, recently caught up in his own controversy over public comments on homosexuality.

Meanwhile, Ulster have given short shrift to comments made by Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll who branded the province "a bit of a basket case" in a radio interview this week.

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