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Assault trial hears rugby player Max Evans 'forgot' he was holding glass

Rugby star Max Evans has claimed he forgot he had a glass in his hand when he pushed a man in a nightclub.

Mr Evans is charged with striking Alasdair McCaig with a glass in the Lulu nightclub in Edinburgh in August 2010.

The Scotland international told Edinburgh Sheriff Court he had been assaulted by Mr McCaig and pushed back not realising he was holding a glass.

Mr Evans, 28, denies assault and claims that he acted in self-defence.

Giving evidence, he told the court that Mr McCaig had been shouting insults at him in the VIP room of the Lulu nightclub.

Dance floor

Mr Evans was in the company of nanny Sarah Jane Bell and said that Mr McCaig was "nudging me and pressing into me".

He went on to say that Mr McCaig interrupted the pair as they made their way to the dance floor.

He said Ms Bell was holding his right hand and he had a glass of champagne in his left hand. He said he felt threatened by Mr McCaig.

Mr Evans added: "He assaulted me with his right hand. It had enough force to feel like a punch.

He said: "I thought he was coming for me. I thought he was going to attack. I put my arm out to push him away.

"I didn't realise I had a glass in my hand.

"I was shocked. I realised I wasn't in a very good position ... on the night I was very upset. Even now I am upset. I didn't mean to cause Mr McCaig any harm."

Brother's injury

Earlier, the trial was adjourned to allow Mr Evans to compose himself after he broke down in the witness box while recalling his brother's life-threatening injury.

Mr Evans has been telling the court about his own rugby career.

He told the jury he had played in the Six Nations tournament in 2009 with his younger brother Thom, which had been "quite an achievement".

He was then asked by defence counsel Kevin McCallum about his brother's injury.

Mr Evans replied: "Thom broke his neck in a rugby game, an international game for Scotland."

"Am I right in thinking this was a life-threatening injury?" he was asked. "Yes," he replied.

"Am I right in saying it is no longer possible for him to play rugby?" asked Mr McCallum.

"Yes," replied Mr Evans, before breaking down.

Mr Evans, who has been capped 24 times for Scotland, currently plays for French side Castres.

The trial continues.

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