Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding's contracts revoked

Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been sacked by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby.

The Ulster and Ireland players were both cleared of rape last month.

In a joint statement, the IRFU and Ulster said they “acknowledge our responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: Respect, inclusivity and integrity”.

While the pair were cleared of rape, there had been controversy over messages exchanged in a WhatsApp group.

The IRFU/Ulster Rugby statement added they have agreed “to conduct an in-depth review of existing structures and educational programmes, within the game in Ireland, to ensure the importance of these core values is clearly understood, supported and practised at every level of the game”.

They also said that Ulster and Ireland winger Craig Gilroy has been sanctioned over a text message he sent to Stuart Olding.

He will be unavailable for selection by Ulster until 26 April 2018.

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