Two Ulster and Ireland rugby players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, have been questioned by the PSNI in connection with a number of alleged sexual offences.

A statement from Ulster Rugby said the players deny any wrongdoing.

Mr Jackson and Mr Olding, who have 20 Irish Rugby international caps between them, were among three men arrested and interviewed by the PSNI in relation to alleged sexual offences at a property in south Belfast on 28 June.

They were released pending a police report being sent to the North's Public Prosecution Service.

A spokesman for Ulster Rugby said Mr Jackson and Mr Olding have been assisting the PSNI with inquiries and said the players denied any wrongdoing and had not been charged with any offence.

Mr Jackson's solicitor, Kevin Winters, said his client completely rejected any allegations against him.

Mr Winters said they were disappointed and concerned that this information had leaked to the press before the investigation had concluded and well in advance of any final decision.

Jackson was not included in Ireland's 27-man squad travelling to Chicago to play New Zealand on Saturday.

The Irish Rugby Football Union said the out-half was left out of the party for "personal reasons".

Olding is currently out of action with a hip flexor injury.