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The Ireland international has resigned from his involvement with Munster Rugby after cases against him and four other players were referred to a French criminal court over allegations that a young woman was raped.

Munster have confirmed that center Chris Farrell will not be involved in the squad while the French legal process continues.

Fivemiletown native Mr Farrell, 29, is not charged with rape but faces a charge of “failing to stop a crime”.

The Court of Appeal in Bordeaux today confirmed that three former FC Grenoble rugby players accused of rape in Merignac in 2017 have been referred to the Assizes Court of Gironde, a number of French media reported.

The three are Irishman Denis Coulson (28), New Zealander Rory Grice (32) and Frenchman Loick Jammes (27). Mr Coulson played professional rugby for three French teams and Connacht during his career. Most recently he has been playing club rugby in Ireland.

It was also reported that the same court confirmed the “presence of sufficient evidence” to refer two other former Grenoble players to the Assizes Court for the alleged offense of “failing to stop a crime”. They are Mr Farrell and New Zealander Dylan Hayes (28).

In a statement to Independent.ie, Munster Rugby said Mr Farrell would take time out of the squad.

“Munster Rugby and Chris Farrell have agreed to stand down from his involvement with the Munster team with immediate effect while a trial is pending in France over his alleged involvement in an alleged crime in 2017. .

“As this is an active legal matter before the French courts, we have no further comment,” the statement said.

The jury court hears serious criminal cases.

All five can still appeal the decision to another appeals court known as the Court of Cassation, which deals with the interpretation of the law rather than the facts of the case.

French media reported that the players rejected the complainant’s allegations and insisted that any contact with her was consensual.

The case relates to an alleged incident in March 2017 when several Grenoble players, coming off a top 14 match they lost against Union Bordeaux Bègles, decided to continue the evening in a pub in the city.

There they reportedly met a student aged 21 who was brought back to their hotel.

Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper reported that the investigating judge in charge of the case issued a decision in June 2019 to refer charges against Mr Coulson, Mr Jammes and Mr Grice to a jury trial. However, the three men appealed against this sentence.

Mr Coulson’s lawyer said in 2019 that the complainant’s allegations were insufficient to take the case to a criminal court because they contradicted witness statements.

Mr Jammes’ lawyer also said that year there was too much doubt about the issue of consent to go to trial.

Le Dauphiné Libéré reported that Mr Farrell and Mr Hayes were subsequently investigated last year by a designated investigating judge for allegedly “failing to stop a crime”.

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