Gilroy subject of an internal review by Ulster

Marco Green
April 4, 2018

Ulster head coach Jonno Gibbes said at a briefing yesterday that he expected Gilroy would be in the squad, but the province this evening released a statement to confirm he will "not be available for selection this weekend" because of the review.

AND the IRFU have confirmed that professional player Craig Gilroy is subject to an internal review and is not available for selection.

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.

I would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence cause by the Whatsapp message I sent in June 2016.

The Whatsapp sent to Olding asked "Any sluts get f*****?", to which Olding replied "Precious secrets".

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

"I am deeply sorry for the hurt my comment has caused", Gilroy added.

We know that Ulster Rugby is carrying out a review following the court case and this will involve the IRFU but we do not know how long this process will take or when any report will be finalised.

Gilroy was pictured attending the trial during its early weeks.

The 26-year-old, who has 10 Ireland caps, has been in excellent form this campaign, crossing over nine time in 11 appearances, and he put pen to paper on a fresh deal with Ulster in February that will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until 2021.

The petition states that rugby clubs and national teams "regularly drop players" for inappropriate behaviour away from the pitch.

They now remain "relieved of their duties" by the IRFU.

Two other men who were also on trial were also found not guilty in connection with the 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.

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