Clermont Not Interested In Signing Paddy Jackson

  • Clermont Not Interested In Signing Paddy Jackson

Clermont Not Interested In Signing Paddy Jackson

Clermont Auvergne have moved to quell reports linking them with former Ulster player Paddy Jackson.

Exeter's out of character decision to stamp out this rumour before it could grow any momentum indicates the strength of feeling among fans and it will be a testing task for the pair to convince teams that what they offer on the pitch will surpass the PR backlash that seems inevitable to come with their signings.

But their apologies have not been enough to save their careers at Ulster Rugby which issued a joint statement with the Irish Rugby Football Union at the weekend announcing their contracts had been revoked.

The Ireland worldwide and teammate Paddy Jackson had their Ulster Rugby and IRFU contracts revoked on Saturday after the union's internal review following the duo's acquittal of raping the same woman in a nine-week trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Stuart Olding's hopes of landing a new club immediately after being sacked by Ulster rugby have been dealt a blow with news coming from England.

"I think there is a sense among the fans that they have been left in the dark".

Rob Hunter, Exeter's forwards coach, was speaking to the club's official website in the aftermath of their 45-5 victory over London Irish on Sunday and stated the following.

"If they were to return to play at Kinspan it would be very hard for the players themselves and for Ulster".

"I think that is the core issue here and that is why they are moving on".

"I have my own views on that obviously, but I think someone from Ulster Rugby needs to come out and make that very clear".

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

The two men were informed on Saturday that they would no longer be welcome to play the game with the province after details of their private Whatsap messages came into the public domain during the trial and both would have to seek employment elsewhere.