Former Irish rugby international David Tweed has been convicted of child sex abuse charges.

Tweed, 53, of Clonavon Terrace in Ballymena, Co Antrim, was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault and one gross indecency charge. He has been remanded in custody.

He faced 14 counts of sexually abusing two young girls over an eight-year period from 1988.

Tweed was cleared of one count of indecent assault yesterday.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing in the new year.

The father of four, who also has two step children, had consistently denied anything improper had happened with the girls, who are now adults.

None of the victims, who had given evidence during the trial, were in the courtroom as the verdicts were given.

Tweed was capped four times for Ireland. He made his debut against France in the 1995 Five Nations competition and played in the Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

He was also a prominent Ulster Rugby star with more than 30 appearances for the team during the 1980s and 1990s.