Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding linked again with Sale Sharks

The review comes after Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding were unanimously acquitted of all charges in a trial which centred on an alleged rape of a woman in Belfast
The review comes after Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding were unanimously acquitted of all charges in a trial which centred on an alleged rape of a woman in Belfast

Speculation mounted on Tuesday night when it was reported that Aviva Premiership club Sale Sharks were close to agreeing deals with former Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

The duo had their contracts terminated by the IRFU last month in spite of being acquitted of rape following a nine-week trial.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Jackson had agreed a cut-price deal to join the Manchester-based club - and that Olding would follow his former team mate.

Representatives of both players were unavailable for comment on Tuesday night.