New Zealand rugby chiefs pledged Tuesday to fully cooperate with a South African police investigation into a rape accusation levelled at a member of its under-20s team.
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew, pictured in 2011, has pledged Tuesday to fully cooperate with a South African police investigation into a rape accusation levelled at a member of its under-20s team.
Police were called in Saturday after a 22-year-old Cape Town woman said she was raped on Friday night, following the team's loss to South Africa in the final of the Junior World Championship.
Tew said the rape allegation was "as serious as it comes". He said the team and management waited for clearance from police before leaving South Africa and would continue to cooperate with the investigation.
"There's no doubt we will cooperate fully with any work that is done," he told reporters.
Tew confirmed the player, whom he described as "very upset" about the allegation, had been drinking on the night in question. He said the player's room mate was not present when the alleged incident occurred.
"It's disappointing, but let's be clear, we're still dealing with an allegation. No charges have been laid, no one has been detained, no one's even been to a police station," he said.
Tew said it was clear that a player broke team protocols by taking a woman to his hotel room but what subsequently happened was for the police investigation to determine.....read more