Former Scotland rugby star Simon Danielli has appeared in court accused of assaulting his wife.

The retired winger, 37, is facing two assault charges against his estranged wife Olivia, as well as a charge of damaging an iPhone belonging to her.

He appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court in Northern Ireland on Tuesday and is also accused of assaulting another man, Michael Browne, at the same time on March 11 last year.

Mrs Danielli, a former model, also appeared in court to face allegations that she damaged or destroyed ear.

The 29-year-old was due to go on trial for the criminal damage charge last week but the case was adjourned after district judge Mark Hamill heard about the charges her husband faces.

The judge said hearing the cases in chronological order was the “only logical way” to tackle them.

Danielli's case was adjourned until October 18 at the request of his solicitor.

The rugby player, who was capped 32 times for Scotland, had previously been told that he would not face charges but Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service reversed the decision after reviewing the case.

A charge that Mrs Danielli had assaulted him was dropped by the prosecution.