Team-mates show support for accused at Belfast court
IRELAND rugby captain Rory Best was among three Ulster teammates who were photographed arriving at Belfast Crown Court, as the trial reached its second day and the alleged victim entered the witness stand.
Today, the Ireland squad are set to fly out for the Six Nations opener against France in Paris on Saturday.
Yesterday, Ulster skipper Best was seen at the court along with Ulster and Ireland second row Iain Henderson, who will also turn out at the weekend, and Ulster and Ireland winger Craig Gilroy, who is currently injured.
The players are all teammates of defendants 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.