The club of an Irish rugby player who are due to stand trial in France for rape have refused to say if he will continue to be considered for selection.
Enis Coulson, a former U20 international who played professionally in Ireland and France, recently played for Bective Rangers in the Leinster League.
A French appeals court ruled last Thursday that cases against Mr Coulson and four other former Grenoble FC players in connection with the alleged 2017 rape of a 21-year-old student in Bordeaux should be brought to a criminal court.
Three of the players – Mr Coulson, 28, Frenchman Loick Jammes, 27, and New Zealander Rory Grice, 32 – are accused of rape. The remaining two – Ireland international Chris Farrell, 29, and New Zealander Dylan Hayes, 28 – are accused of failing to prevent an offence.
Mr Farrell’s Munster province was quick to confirm he would step down from his involvement with his squad while court cases in France continued.
However, Bective Rangers have remained silent about Mr Coulson’s future involvement with the club since the Court of Appeal’s decision.
The prop forward did not line up for his side’s league game against Boyne last Saturday and it is understood the club’s hierarchy should discuss the situation on Monday.
A spokesman announced this yesterday Irish Independent The club declined to comment.
The five players have until close of business tomorrow to appeal the decision to refer them to the Circuit Court, which hears serious criminal cases.
Any appeal at this stage before a Court of Cassation would have to relate to a legal aspect and not to the facts of the case.
The student is said to have met FC Grenoble players after they went to a pub and nightclub after a top 14 game against Union Bordeaux-Begles on March 11, 2017.
She claims she woke up naked in a hotel room the next morning, surrounded by rugby players, some of whom she met the night before.
Later that day she made a complaint to the police, claiming that she had been the victim of a gang rape. It is alleged that a crutch was used during the alleged attack.
French media have reported that the players have denied the complainant’s allegations, insisting that any contact with her was consensual.
However, the young woman claims she was too drunk to agree.
It is unclear whether Mr Coulson intends to appeal.
Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, a high-profile Paris lawyer representing him, did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.
She previously said that the applicant’s allegations were not sufficient to bring the case before the criminal court, as they had been contradicted by other witnesses’ testimonies.
However, a 26-page indictment document, the contents of which were reported by Le Mondeargued that the claim that the woman voluntarily consented to a sexual orgy could not be validly accepted.
A night watchman described the woman as drunk and asleep or drugged when she arrived at the hotel around 4am.
A toxicologist estimated the student’s blood alcohol level that evening at 2.2 to three grams per liter of blood.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/rugby-club-bective-rangers-remains-silent-on-future-of-irish-player-in-french-rape-case-42022295.html Rugby club Bective Rangers are silent on the future of the Irish player in the French rape case