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Ulster rugby player Craig Gilroy apologises for 'totally inappropriate' WhatsApp message

The message was revealed during the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding

Ulster rugby player Craig Gilroy has "unreservedly apologised" for a WhatsApp message he sent in June 2016.

It emerged during the rape trial of fellow Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding that Gilroy had participated in a series of lurid WhatsApp messages.

In one message Gilroy wrote: "Any sluts get f***ed?",

"Precious secrets," Olding replied.

Gilroy, posting on his Twitter account on Tuesday evening, said: "I would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by the WhatsApp message I sent in June 2016. I would just like to clarify it was sent privately, not part of any group chat.

"Regardless, my comment was totally inappropriate and is not an accurate reflection of my beliefs nor Ulster Rugby's values. I take full responsibility for my actions and in future will ensure the language I use in private or public better reflects who I am and what I stand for.

"I am deeply sorry for the hurt my comment has caused. Craig."

Earlier on Tuesday Ulster Rugby and Irish Rugby confirmed that Gilroy will not be available for this weekend's game against Edinburgh.

A joint statement said: "Ulster Rugby and the IRFU confirm that as Craig Gilroy is subject to an internal review, he will not be available for selection this weekend."

The news comes after Ulster coach Jono Gibbes said during a press conference on Monday that the winger would be available.

Jackson (26) and 25-year-old Olding walked free from a Belfast court last week after a jury unanimously acquitted them of all charges.

The IRFU and Ulster Rugby have also launched a review into the conduct of the pair, but have not released any details of its make-up, scope or timetable.

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