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Workington man denies attacking Scottish international rugby league player

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN accused of a night-time street attack on an international rugby league player has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Conor Paul Irving, 22, has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Workington Town hooker Callum Phillips in the early hours of 20th March. This follows an incident outside a takeaway in the centre of Workington.

Mr Phillips, who has represented Scotland, told a jury today that he was in the town having earlier returned from a game at Leigh Centurions.

He was wearing his match day attire, and recalled speaking to a friend of his outside the takeaway. “After that I just woke up in hospital,” he said. “I was knocked unconscious.”

Mr Phillips received stitches to his head and mouth, and underwent X-rays and scans on his jaw.

He had no recollection of any conversation that night with Irving who, he said, was not a friend of his.

The court heard Irving, of Brierydale, Salterbeck, Workington, denied the assault allegation and claimed he acted in self-defence believing he would be attacked.

The trial continues.