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Max Evans assault trial adjourned for Rugby World Cup

The trial of Scotland rugby international Max Evans on a serious assault charge has been adjourned to allow him to play in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The 27-year-old denies hitting Alasdair McCaig in the face with a glass in an Edinburgh nightclub last August.

The former Glasgow Warriors centre appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court where a motion to adjourn was heard.

The trial was due to start later this month but was delayed until November.

The rugby player, who has been signed by French side Castres, is accused of striking Mr McCaig with a glass to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

His solicitor, James Kelly, said his client was maintaining his not guilty plea.

He said Mr Evans was preparing for working towards the forthcoming World Cup and was due to fly there on 27 August, following two international fixtures at Murrayfield, with one this weekend and the other on the 20th.

Fiscal Depute Dev Kapadia said the Crown did not oppose the adjournment motion, but they did ask for the extension of the time bar to 3 February next year.

The new trial date has been set for 7 November.

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