February 24, 2024

Irish flyhalf Jackson to stand trial on rape charge 

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – OCTOBER 17: Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson (25) arrives at court with family members at Belfast Magistrates Court relating to a rape charge hearing on October 17, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Jackson is charged with one count of rape and one of sexual assault along with fellow international and provincial team-mate Stuart Olding (24) who faces two count of rape charges along with Blane McIlroy (25) and Rory Harrison (25) who are charged with one count of exposure and a count of perverting the course of justice respectively.

The charges relate to an alleged offence committed against a woman at a south Belfast house in June 2016. Jackson has represented his country 25 times while Olding has four caps.

The IRFU and Ulster rugby have both stated that the two internationals will play again until court proceedings conclude. All four men deny the charges.

Irish flyhalf Jackson to stand trial on rape charge

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Ireland player Paddy Jackson in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
London – Ireland’s second choice flyhalf Paddy Jackson will stand trial on a charge of rape, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old — widely seen as the man to replace veteran Jonathan Sexton when he retires from international rugby — has been charged along with Ulster and Ireland team-mate Stuart Olding.
Two other men stand accused of lesser charges related to the alleged incidents. 
It was the first time Jackson and 24-year-old Olding were required to attend court — which was a preliminary investigation into the accusations — since being charged.
Neither player is to be considered for selection by either club or country until the legal process is over, according to the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby.That is likely to see them miss the whole of the coming season.Jackson played the last of his 25 Tests for Ireland against Japan in June whilst utility back Olding won the last of his four caps against South Africa in June 2016.The offences are alleged to have been committed against the same woman in Belfast in June last year.They were arrested at the time but released while a report on the allegations was compiled.They were informed in July this year they had a case to answer. – AFPThe Springboks play Ireland in their next test match on 11 November at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.The Boks end of year fixtures are:  

11 Ireland v South Africa Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19:30
18 France v South Africa Stade de France, Saint Denis 20:45
25 Italy v South Africa  Italy 15:30
December 2017
2 Wales v South Africa Principality Stadium, Cardiff 16:30

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