By Peter Coulter
Ulster Rugby have apologised after a photograph showing four of their players with their faces and bodies coloured with black makeup appeared on a social media site.
The photo was posted on the Twitter profile of Irish international Paddy Jackson.
It shows him with two other Irish internationals, Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble.
The photo has now been removed.
The others pictured are current Ulster player Michael Allen and former Ulster player Paddy McAllister.
Paddy Jackson, Chris Henry and Andrew Trimble were members of the Ireland squad that won this yearâs Six Nations Championship.
Ulster Rugby said they âapologise unreservedly for any offenceâ.
In a statement, the club said the photograph showed the players at an âOlympic-themed fancy dress party held two years agoâ.
âIt was not the intention of the players to cause upset and the photograph has since been removed.â
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