There are further reports today that Clermont Auvergne are leading the chase to secure Paddy Jackson's signature after his contract had been revoked by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU with immediate effect.
Ulster and Ireland rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were last month acquitted of raping the same woman, have been sacked.
"I am deeply disappointed about the outcome of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby's internal review", Jackson said in a statement.
The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby statement acknowleged responsibility and commitment to "respect, inclusivity and integrity".
A statement from the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby is anticipated on Saturday, the Press Association understands.
But he added that he was "truly sorry" his behaviour had fallen "far short of the values" expected of him as an global player.
Paddy Jackson is set to make a swift return to rugby with French giants Clermont Auvergne said to be favourites to land the Ireland worldwide, according to The Sunday Times.
However, the companies sponsoring Ulster and Ireland...
Paddy Jackson of Ulster following the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 5 Round 1 match between Bordeaux-Begles and Ulster at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux, France.
Mr Olding said he regretted the decision by the IRFU, describing his treatment since the acquittal as "both fair and unfair".
"I said outside court that the Stuart Olding that you read about in the trial is not the real Stuart Olding".
Meanwhile, Craig Gilroy has been sanctioned over a message sent following the alleged incident in 2016, and will be unavailable to play for Ulster until the 26th of April.
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