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Long appears in court charged with assault

Long in action for Hull Photo: PA Images

A former St Helens rugby league player appeared in court today charged with assault.

Former St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half Sean Long, 36, appeared before magistrates in St Helens charged with assaulting a woman.

Long, of Smithy Glen Drive, Billinge, Wigan, has already pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The allegations have been made by a former tenant of a property that Long owned and go back to last May, the court heard.

Long, wearing a dark grey suit and dark open-necked shirt, attended the hearing and spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

A three-day trial was set for June 12. Long was granted bail.

Long hung up his boots after an injury-hit couple of seasons with Hull following a glittering career with St Helens.

He began playing rugby union with National League North 2 side Preston Grasshoppers last season while also taking on the role of assistant coach at Salford City Reds.

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