The trial of stood-down NRL player and accused rapist Jack de Belin has been scheduled for March next year.
The 28-year-old St George Illawarra lock has pleaded not guilty to five charges of aggravated sexual assault in company after allegedly attacking a 19-year-old woman at a Wollongong unit in December.
Another man, 22-year-old Callan Sinclair, faces identical charges.
At a brief hearing at Wollongong District Court on Tuesday, Judge Paul Conlon set the pair's trial for March 2, 2020, with an estimated trial duration of two weeks.
It will be heard before Judge Andrew Haesler.
"They should not wait (for a trial) any longer than is absolutely necessary," Judge Conlon said.
They will return to court for a pre-trial mention on February 25, with bail to continue.
Neither de Belin nor Sinclair commented before, during or after Tuesday's proceedings.
De Belin has been barred from appearing for the Dragons in 2019 due to the NRL's no-fault stand-down policy, which he remains in the process of appealing in court.
A Federal Court judge previously ruled the competition was permitted to protect its interests by preventing players facing serious charges from taking the field.
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