NRL player Jarryd Hayne “maintains his innocence” and will plead not guilty to a sexual assault charge, Burwood Local Court was told this morning.

Hayne made a brief court appearance over the alleged sexual assault of a woman in NSW today.

Hayne, 30, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and inflicting actual bodily harm after he handed himself into Ryde police station in November.

His solicitor Richard Pontello told the court his client would plead not guilty to the charge.

Hayne will not be required to appear in court when the matter returns on February 13.

Hayne sat in the front row of a crowded court with his manager Wayne Beavis.

According to court documents, Hayne is facing a single charge of aggravated sexual assault allegedly committed between 8pm and 10pm on September 30 on an unnamed 26-year-old female.

The court papers allege Hayne “did have sexual intercourse … without her consent and knowing she was not consenting to the sexual intercourse in circumstances of aggravation, to wit at the time of the offence Jarryd Lee Hayne did recklessly inflict actual bodily harm on the said 26-year-old female”.

The case has been adjourned to February 13 at Newcastle Local Court.

Under his bail conditions, Hayne must not approach any international airport or point of departure and reside at a NSW address, having previously been registered as living at Broadbeach Waters.

(Source:New Zealand Herald)

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