NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne leaves Newcastle Local Court ahead of his sexual assault trial on July 3, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Peter Lorimer/Getty Images)

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne will stand trial on May 4, 2020, on aggravated sexual assault charges.

Hayne fronted court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault and inflicting actual bodily harm, and judge Roy Ellis set the trial date for early May next year.

The trial is set to run for 5-7 days.

Until the trial date, Hayne will remain on bail, with his conditions stipulating he must report to police once a week in Perth, where he currently resides.

Hayne spoke to the media in a rare interview outside court on Thursday, making a quick statement regarding the allegations.

“I want to make it very clear I’m innocent of these charges,” Hayne told reporters.

“It’s been a very hard time on the family but the fourth of May 2020 … justice will be served.”

The charges against Hayne each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

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