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Ulster Rugby and IRFU release statement as Craig Gilroy withdrawn from selection

By Ian Cameron

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Ulster winger Craig Gilroy has been withdrawn from selection pending an internal review it has emerged.

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A statement from Ulster Rugby and the IRFU this evening reads: “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.”

Gilroy was revealed as a participant and sender of a Whats Apps message, details of which were revealed as part of the 9 week rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

It is understood Gilroy sent a message asking Olding: “Any sluts get f***ed?”.

In March a jury found Ulster Rugby players Jackson and Olding not guilty of rape at Laganside District Court.

The two, who were banned from playing pending the trial, had pleaded not guilty to charges over the alleged incident on June 28, 2016.

Flyhalf Jackson, 26, has been capped for Ireland 25 times and centre Olding, 24, has played four times.

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It was alleged Jackson and Olding raped a 21-year-old student at a house party at Jackson’s house on the night of the 28 June, 2016.

Two other men had lesser charges brought against them in connection with the alleged incident.

Blane McIlroy (26) from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, was accused of one count of exposure, while Rory Harrison (25) from Manse Road, Belfast, was charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Ulster Rugby and the IRFU have released a statement in which they say a review of the matter is taking place. Both players are still suspended from playing rugby.

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“IRFU and Ulster Rugby officials will review the matter, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players. A Review Committee, made up of senior representatives of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby, has been appointed and will conclude its review as soon as practicable. The players will continue to be relieved of all duties while the Review Committee is in process and determining its findings.”

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Ulster Rugby and IRFU release statement as Craig Gilroy withdrawn from selection

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