WIGAN-based former rugby star Sean Long is set to go on trial next year after being charged with assaulting a woman.
The former Great Britain international scrum-half has already indicated his intention to plead not guilty to the offence amid allegations he assaulted 40-year-old Pamela Twist in Rainford, St Helens in May.
In addition to the common assault charge, Long also stands accused of failing to report to St Helens Police Station on August 28 - a condition of his bail.
Since leaving St Helens, following a glittering 12-year career, the 36-year-old moved to Hull before taking on the role of assistant coach at Salford.
Long, of Smithy Glen Drive, Billinge, famously won three Lance Todd trophies during his time at Saints for his man of the match displays in the Challenge Cup Finals of 2001, 2004 and 2006.
He is next due before St Helens Magistrates’ Court on December 18 for a case management hearing, when it is expected that a trial date will be set.
He remains on conditional bail.