Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Clermont Auvergne deny interest in signing Paddy Jackson

Clermont Auvergne deny interest in signing Paddy Jackson

"They have done a lot for Ulster and Irish rugby", he said.

Paddy Jackson of Ulster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 19 match between Ulster and Cardiff Blues at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

Ulster Rugby's CEO says he can not see Paddy Jackson or Stuart Olding returning to play with the province or country in the future.

"That is not something that is being envisaged", Shane Logan told the BBC about the possibility of the players being selected for Ulster again.

Former Ulster and Ireland rugby player and RugbyPass columnist Neil Best tweeted in response to a video of the interview, saying: "Occupy yourself in beholding and bewailing your own imperfections rather than contemplating the imperfections of others".

Logan added: "I think we were all shocked because I don't think what subsequently emerged was in line with what we knew of them or indeed how we expect any of us to behave". And he rejected criticism that Jackson and Olding had been effectively hung out to dry by their club and country.

To that end, Wallace - who played 189 times for his home province and won 30 Ireland caps - believes the decision to sever ties with Jackson and Olding was commercially driven.

"In my experience, the culture is actually very healthy and very good, and a couple of players made serious errors of judgement".

"I hope that they will learn from that and I hope they fulfil their potential going forward", he said.

Jackson and Olding are both expected to look for new clubs and continues their careers.

Jackson had been linked with French club CLERMONT Auvergne in the past few days, but they also have came out to say he will not be signing for them.

Move on, we are a Supporters' Club and we support the club not individual players.

However, Logan batted away claims that the Ireland Rugby Football Union had caved in to the baying Twitter mob or that the decision was motivated by money.

"In terms of pressures I think you mentioned sponsors, no the decision was not made on the back of sponsors pressure".

Despite being found not guilty, the pair's conduct has been heavily criticised by many quarters, with unedifying WhatsApp messages - disrespectful and derogatory of women - they exchanged after the night out that led to the rape accusation causing particular disgust.

Both Jackson and Olding have expressed regret and admitted their behaviour fell short of what was expected of them.

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