Ex Wales rugby player jailed over pupil sex charges - Ruck

Ex Wales rugby player jailed over pupil sex charges

A former Wales women’s rugby player has been jailed for seven years after being convicted of sexual activity with an underage girl.

Rhian Nokes, 29, had been working as school’s sports coach in south Wales in 2010 when she started a relationship with the pupil.

She was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court after admitting charges at a previous hearing.

Nokes lied about a brain tumour to gain sympathy and trust, the court was told.

The court heard she had played rugby for Wales in the women’s Six Nations competition and football for Cardiff City.

Prosecuting barrister, Catherine Richards, said the young victim had her childhood taken away.

The sexual offences happened outside of school when the victim turned 15.

The court was also told Nokes shaved her hair and feigned seizures in front of the pupil to make her lies more convincing.

She also sent 12,000 text messages to the teenager over the course of a year.

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