Fiji Bati star – Jarryd Hayne “maintains his innocence”, and will plead not guilty to a sexual assault charge – the Burwood Local Court in New South Wales was told yesterday.

Hayne made a brief court appearance over the alleged sexual assault of a woman in New South Wales.

He was charged with aggravated sexual assault, and inflicting actual bodily harm after he handed himself, into the 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.

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

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