Ulster star Craig Gilroy 'deeply sorry' for rape trial WhatsApp message

Craig Gilroy has apologised for a WhatsApp message that was used in evidence during the trial of his Ulster teammates Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images

Ulster player Craig Gilroy has apologised "unreservedly" for a WhatsApp message he sent which was used in the rape trial of teammates Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Gilroy is subject of an internal review by both his club and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), and is not available for selection for Ulster's PRO14 clash with Edinburgh on Friday.

"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," a statement read.

Late on Monday the 10-times capped Ireland wing, 27, said he was "deeply sorry" for the hurt the message had caused.

In it he wrote: "Any s---- get f-----?" To which Olding replied: "Precious secrets."

"I would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by the Whatsapp message I sent in June 2016," Gilroy wrote on Twitter.

"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 responsibly for my actions and in future will ensure that 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."

Both Jackson and Olding were found not guilty of rape last week following an eight-week trial in Belfast.