The fallout from the decision to terminate the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding looks set to continue with the results of a poll of Ulster supporters showing an overall disagreement with the decision.
The IRFU and Ulster Rugby issued a joint statement last week outlining that the two players have had their contracts revoked after the findings of an internal review deemed the pair to have breached elements of their respective contracts respective to the code of conduct.
A number of clubs around the UK and Europe are monitoring the situation and after considerable speculation, clubs like the Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne have publicly denied their interest for Olding and Jackson, respectively.
Recently, Ulster Rugby Supporters Club (URSC) conducted a poll among its members in relation to the players’ departure and the survey found that:
- 4% said they were “pleased” the players had gone;
- 16% urged Ulster to move on, saying they supported the club, not individual players;
- 45% said they were “disappointed but not surprised” – many changed ‘disappointed’ to ‘appalled’ – and backed sending a letter;
- 21% said they were “appalled” and called for a protest at the Glasgow game;
- 13% said they were “appalled” and wanted a boycott of Saturday’s match.
The URSC said: “This has been a grim period in Ulster Rugby’s justifiably proud history.” The URSC said that a protest would have little effect but instead will send a letter reflecting its members’ views to the IRFU and Ulster Rugby to outline their disappointment at the decision to revoke the players’ contracts.
Hat-Tip: The Belfast Telegraph.