IRFU: Conduct a review of Jackson and Olding's behaviour
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Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy, and Rory Harrison were found not guilty of charges brought against them in Belfast.
However, the trial highlighted worrying conduct and attitudes of players which many do not feel are representative of Irish people.
The Irish rugby team act as ambassadors of Ireland. We do not want other countries to think that this behaviour and these attitudes are representative of Irish people. The Irish rugby team are also heroes of many young people. We do not want them to feel that what has been revealed throughout the trial was or ever will be acceptable or celebrated. We do not want young rugby players and fans to think this is okay behaviour to emulate. Rugby clubs and national teams regularly drop players and do not renew contracts over inappropriate behavior off the field for these reasons.
Please confirm that you will conduct a thorough review of their behaviour and make the findings public if these players are ever being considered to play for the Irish team. Please consider their admissions in court, Whatsapp records of their dialogue, their public image, the IRFU code of ethics. Please then act on the findings. This is the minimum you can do to ensure the integrity of Irish rugby.
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