Ulster and Ireland hooker Rob Herring has spoken of the “great sadness” that teammates felt when they learned that the contracts of Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson were to be terminated.
In a brief pre-prepared statement on behalf of the Ulster players, Herring simply said that the panel were saddened that it had come to this, but were confident that the pair would go on to rebuild their professional careers elsewhere:
“It is with a great deal of sadness that the players and pro staff have learnt of this outcome,” he said.
“We know that the two boys will be successful both on and off the pitch wherever they go.
“As a group, we have to move on and our full focus is now on Glasgow this weekend.”
Jackson and Olding saw their contracts revoked by the Irish province following an internal review conducted by themselves and the IRFU. Chief executive Shane Loan stated on Friday that he couldn’t envisage the pair playing for Ulster, or indeed any other club in Ireland, ever again.
While the duo are expected to resume their careers outside of the country, Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne have already moved to dismiss themselves from reports of a move for Jackson.