The head of Ulster Rugby has revealed why the club decided to drop Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.
Shane Logan told Associated Press that both players had made big mistakes and that he hoped they learned from the situation.
“They have done a lot for Ulster and Irish Rugby. They have made a very serious mistake. I hope that they will learn from that and I hope they fulfil their potential going forward,” he said.
Paddy, 26, and Stuart, 25, were found not guilty of raping the same woman in June 2016.
Shane added that he believed the pair will never play for the team again.
“We expect our players to behave as role models and the two players have admitted they didn’t and that was the basis primarily on which the decision was taken,” he added.
“There has been huge coverage, a massive range of opinions expressed but at the end of the day we in Irish rugby have to take the right decision for the good of the team at all levels.
“The overwhelming sentiment is one of sadness. It has been extremely difficult and traumatic for everybody involved in the case.”