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Nicholl welcomes Ulster rugby’s decision to work with Women’s Aid

Alliance South Belfast representatives have welcomed news revealed today that Ulster Rugby is to introduce behaviour classes for all its players.

The move follows a well-publicised rape trial earlier this year involving two players.

Councillor Kate Nicholl said: "I welcome Ulster Rugby's decision to work with Women's Aid to address the issue of sexual consent, their recognition that something must and should change is positive.

" However sexual consent is not just for elite sportsmen. These workshops should be reinforcing a point, not the first time key concepts are considered. The core issue remains that we do not have standardised Relationship and Sex Education in schools.

"If we as a society are to truly tackle issues such as sexual assault and toxic masculinity then these conversations must start earlier."