Ulster duo Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are to leave the Irish province, according to reports on Friday night.
With an official announcement from Ulster and the IRFU due in the coming days, the Press Association have alleged that the Ireland players are to leave the Kingspan Stadium.
#Breaking Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial last month, are to leave the club, the Press Association understands.
— Press Association (@PA) April 13, 2018
Jackson and Olding were acquitted of rape and sexual charges in Belfast last month, but remained suspended while Ulster and Irish rugby’s governing body conducted their own internal review into the players’ behaviour and actions.
With the review said to have concluded this week, the report suggests that an official statement is due within the next 72 hours, possibly as early as Saturday. The pair had said in the immediate aftemath of the trial that their main focus was to return to action with their club and country, but seems highly unlikely now.
BREAKING- Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are to leave Ulster Rugby, @PA understands. Joint statement from Ulster Rugby and IRFU is expected Saturday, though potentially Monday.
— David Young (@DavidYoungPA) April 13, 2018
As many as 200 protesters gathered at Ravenhill on FIrday evening where Ulster took on Ospreys in a Pro14 clash.
Around 200 feminist protestors have gathered outside Kingspan stadium in Belfast where Ulster Rugby are playing this evening, to protest misogyny following the recent rape trial pic.twitter.com/en24BSxH87
— Siobhán Fenton (@SiobhanFenton) April 13, 2018