Rape allegation discussed at NRL training

Luke Costin
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NRL star Jack de Belin took Dragons teammate Jai Field aside at training and discussed his encounter with a woman accusing him of rape, a court has heard.

De Belin, one of the St George Illawarra Dragons' key players, is one of two men accused of sexually assaulting the woman in a North Wollongong unit early on a Sunday in December 2018.

The footballer's trial was told he and Field spoke privately at St George Illawarra training the next day, with Field later relaying to police what he'd been told.

"She took her top off, and they slept together and were changing positions," Field said he'd been told.

"There was no sign of her saying no."

Field, who gave evidence on Tuesday in the Wollongong District Court, qualified his statement by saying he couldn't recall de Belin's exact words.

He said the conversation also covered the trio's time outside Fever Nightclub after the alleged incident.

De Belin had said he began getting attention from people exiting the club, leading the woman to also joke he was famous and "can she get a photo as well".

De Belin, 29, and Callan Sinclair, 23, have pleaded not guilty to attacking the woman in the unit on December 9, 2018, saying all sexual contact was consensual.

Field had been partying with the trio earlier in the night before he and another man, Matthew Clune, left the group and headed to Fever.

He recalled asking de Belin and Sinclair if they were coming to Fever and getting two responses of "I'm staying. I'm not coming".

He said he didn't think the woman was listening but he then waved goodbye to her and she acknowledged him.

Sinclair, de Belin and the woman then caught a tuk-tuk to the unit in North Wollongong, the trial has heard.

Tuk-tuk operator Gary Poort said de Belin said "trust me" before directing to the bottom of the hill the unit was on.

Told in no uncertain words Mr Poort wouldn't ride up the hill, the trio hopped out and de Belin paid $50.

"They were going up to the unit and I heard distinctly, the girl say "f***'," Mr Poort said.

"I remember the exact words 'f*** are we'."

The woman alleges she only entered the unit to use the bathroom but was confronted by de Belin and then assaulted by both men in an adjoining bedroom.

Both men then took turns and cheered each other on, the woman told the court.

The court has heard that after learning the next morning about the woman's allegations from friends, Sinclair messaged her and said "everything was consensual".

The trial continues.