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IRFU reveals 99.2pc vaccine uptake rate among players

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The Aviva Stadium, home of Irish rugby

The Aviva Stadium, home of Irish rugby

The IRFU has revealed an almost universal vaccine uptake amongst professional rugby players in Ireland.

In the wake of footballer Callum Robertson's comments about opting not to take the vaccine yesterday, Independent.ie contacted the IRFU for clarification on its own vaccination rates.

"The IRFU confirm that the current vaccination rate across our professional team structures which includes players, coaches and support staff is 99.2%," a union spokesperson said.

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

Meanwhile, Munster assistant coach Graham Rowntree spoke positively about the fitness of new arrival Jason Jenkins who could make his debut away to Scarlets on Sunday.

"He's a big man," the former England international said of the South African.

"He plays in different positions in the back-five of the scrum, flexible, a good lineout forward. He's big, will give us some good ballast around that set-piece.

"He's got good footballing skills as well. I've been impressed with him.

"He's been unlucky with an injury pretty much since he's been here, he's trained well this week and we'll certainly be considering him.

"He can play both (second-row and back-row), that gives us great flexibility in terms of starting and bench, there's not many positions he couldn't play in the back-five of the scrum.

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Munster coach Graham Rowntree

Munster coach Graham Rowntree

Munster coach Graham Rowntree

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"We've got some good stocks there, haven't we? Particularly young guys coming through.

"That's up to him, to impress us with his performances. He's certainly trained well, but I'm very, very pleased with the resources we've got there in the back-five of our scrum.

"Selection is hard, believe me. Very hard."

Jenkins comes into an area of strength for Munster, with RG Snyman now two games into his own comeback from the knee problems that dogged his first season and the burns he suffered last May.

Rowntree says the Springbok is realistic about the pace he needs to go at.

"He's knocking everything else down, isn't he? It wouldn't take much knocking either," he said.

"No, he's respectful of where he is within the group at the moment. Remembering that he's not played a lot of rugby this last year, it's right that we just keep increasing his game-time."


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