IRFU & Ulster Rugby Review of Players

In light of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby review of the actions of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding and Craig Gilroy,  which commences today, URSC has sent the following statement to Ulster Rugby:

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The Ulster Rugby Supporters’ Club (URSC) is the official independent Supporters Club of Ulster Rugby. It was founded in June 2004 and is run by fans for fans.

The URSC acknowledges that recent events involving Stuart Olding, Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy have been difficult and traumatic for all involved. The URSC respects both the judicial outcome and the IRFU review process which it regards as a matter solely for the players and their employer.

The URSC has noted the considerable body of social media commentary over the past week, much of which it regards as uninformed, and as a result unhelpful. The URSC has also noted in particular, the advertisement placed in the Belfast Telegraph on Friday 6 April by 139 people purporting to be “concerned fans” and the disproportionate attention it has received from other media outlets. 

The URSC can confirm that it had no part in this advertisement and doubts that any of the 139 who contributed financially to this advertisement are amongst its membership. The URSC can further confirm that it has received no calls from its membership for the aforementioned players to be banned from playing for Ulster, on the contrary, the vast majority of members have made it clear they wish to see their early reinstatement to playing duties.

Indeed many have made it clear that if this is not the case it will strongly influence  their decision on  season ticket renewal or their future Kingspan attendance. URSC is concerned that if such is the case, the numbers involved could impact adversely on support for the team and income for Ulster Rugby through the ticket sales. 

Meanwhile URSC would urge all fans to get behind the team and SUFTUM at the final two Kingspan games of the season.

Jonathan Bill (Chairman)

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