Legal argument has delayed the start of sidelined Dragons star Jack de Belin's rape trial.
De Belin and his co-accused, Shellharbour Sharks player Callan Sinclair, arrived at Wollongong courthouse separately on Monday morning for the beginning of their scheduled joint rape trial.
De Belin walked into the courthouse just before 10am with his manager Steve Gillis.
Among those who turned up in support of de Belin were ex-Dragons captain Craig Young and outgoing Dragons CEO Brian Johnston.
Sinclair arrived just after 9.30am accompanied by his lawyers Graeme Morrison and Alicia Boehm.
Sinclair was supported in court by family, including his parents.
The two men are facing a joint jury trial over the alleged sexual assault of a woman inside a North Wollongong unit block in December 2018.
They have each pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated sexual assault in company and one count of aggravated sexual assault in company inflicting actual bodily harm.
The legal argument is expected to continue on Tuesday.