Belfast Telegraph

Ireland captain Rory Best among team-mates attending at rape trial

Ireland rugby captain Rory Best was among three Ulster team mates who attended Belfast Crown Court yesterday as the alleged victim entered the witness stand.

Ahead of flying out tomorrow for the Six Nations opener against France on Saturday, Best were photographed arriving at the court along with second row for Ireland and fellow Ulster rugby player Iain Henderson - who will also line out at the weekend, and Ireland winger Craig Gilroy, who is currently injured.

Yesterday, the trial heard the testimony of the young woman at the centre of the rape allegations involving Paddy Jackson - capped 25 times for Ireland and Stuart Olding, who has also lined out for Ireland.

Blane McIlroy is also a former Ulster rugby player who has represented Ireland at Under 20 level, while the fourth defendant, Rory Harrison, played rugby for UCD and also for Belfast Harlequins.

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