The rape trial of Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding has been adjourned for a day due to a juror being sick.

Despite today's delay the judge said the trial remains on track.

Judge Patricia Smyth told Belfast Crown Court: "We have a very clear picture of what work is remaining.

"We are on track to finish within the timescale."

Last week, the court heard the trial was expected to conclude in mid-March.

Addressing the jury panel, Judge Smyth added: "I want to reassure you because we had lost some days due to illness."

Mr Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and his rugby teammate Mr Olding, 24, from Ardenlee Street in the city, deny raping the same woman at an after party in Mr Jackson's home during the early hours of 28 June, 2016.

Mr Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

Two other men have also been returned for trial on charges connected with the alleged incident.

Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast has pleaded not guilty to exposure while Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road, Belfast denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Releasing the jury for the day, Judge Smyth said she was "confident" they could sit again tomorrow.