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Rugby ace Ferris up on assault charges

IRELAND rugby star Stephen Ferris has pleaded not guilty on two counts of assaulting two men.

Mr Ferris (25) appeared at Belfast Crown Court alongside his older brother David (28), who has admitted assaulting one of the alleged victims.

The Ulster star, who travelled with the last Lions squad to South Africa, yesterday pleaded not guilty to one charge of causing actual bodily harm to Colm Conlon and one of common assault on James McGinley on September 27, 2009.


David Ferris (28), with the same address at Chestnut Hall Avenue in Moira, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Conlon actual bodily harm on the same date.

Defence counsel Liam McCollum, appearing for both brothers, said there was no issue whether David Ferris was dealt with before the trial of his brother. He added however that Ireland star will be in New Zealand "over September and October and he has serious commitments in November".

The Rugby World Cup takes place in New Zealand later this year.

Setting a trial date for the last week in November, Judge Geoffrey Millar released both men on continuing bail and ordered pre-sentence probation reports for David Ferris.