Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson is attempting to recover legal costs in excess of £100,000 from his trial.

Mr Jackson, 26, was unanimously found not guilty of rape and sexual assault of a woman at his home in south Belfast in June 2016.

He now seeks to retrieve some or all of the money spent on legal representation during the trial, which lasted nine weeks.

Mr Jackson is understood to have funded his own defence team with the legal bill, which has been settled, amounting to over £100,000.

He was represented in court by two counsel and his solicitor.

His Ulster and Ireland teammate Stuart Olding was also found not guilty of raping the same woman, following the trial that sat for 42 days.

Two other men, Blane McIrloy, 26, and Rory Harrison, 25, were also found not guilty of charges connected to the alleged incident.

The application for the Public Prosecution Service to cover Mr Jackson's costs will be heard in Belfast Crown Court next month.

No decision has been announced on the outcome of an internal review by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby on the playing future of Mr Jackson and Mr Olding.

It is understood that the club's major sponsor, Bank of Ireland, is awaiting the results of the high-profile review.

In a statement, Bank of Ireland said it has relayed its concerns to Ulster Rugby regarding what it calls "the serious behaviour and conduct issues which have emerged as a result of the recent high-profile trial."

Vodafone, the main sponsor of the senior national team, said it noted "the depth of feeling and very important debate" that the verdict prompted.

The telecoms company said that it is awaiting the review of the process.

Ulster will play their first home game since the verdict tomorrow night, when they face Ospreys in Belfast.

Additional reporting Eamon Horan