The IRFU says there has been almost a full uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine among the professional rugby staff in Ireland.

A statement from the union says 99.2% of those involved in the professional game have received at least one dose of the vaccination.

It comes following comments made by Republic of Ireland soccer manager Stephen Kenny who said he will not be limiting his pool of players to those that have been vaccinated, with Callum Robnson one of those who has chosen not to receive the vaccine.

Kenny was also asked if the number of unvaccinated players in his current squad was in single digits, or above 10.

"I don't have exact figures, but it wouldn’t be too many more than that," he replied.

RTÉ Sport contacted the IRFU this afternoon to seek clarity on vaccination rates in their professional ranks.

And while the union would not say for definite whether proof of vaccination would be required for any future signings, they confirmed than almost all players and coaches in the Irish professional game have taken up the vaccine.

"The IRFU confirm that the current vaccination rate across our professional team structures which includes players, coaches and support staff is 99.2%," their statement reads.

"This includes a small number of people who are awaiting a second dose."

Earlier today, Munster forwards coach Graham Rowntree wouldn't be drawn on the province's stance on Covid-19 vaccination for players and staff.

When asked if all of Munster's players had taken up the Covid-19 vaccine, Rowntree said he didn't wish to comment on the matter.

"It's not for me to say, it's not for me to comment on those things. Ask me some more rugby questions please," he said.

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