South Canterbury rugby players accused of rape
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Police are investigating allegations that two members of the South Canterbury rugby team raped a young woman in Whanganui.
Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong said this afternoon that police were in the early stages of an investigation into the alleged incident at a hotel early on Sunday.
It is understood the allegations have been made against two men from the South Canterbury rugby team that lost 24-23 to Wanganui at Cooks Gardens on Saturday.
Ten officers are working on the investigation, and a scene examination has been completed at the hotel.
"We have a number of statements to take, and one of our priorities is getting this completed so we can piece together what has happened," Forlong said.
The team's head coach, Chester Scott, said this afternoon that he had just found out about the allegations.
He said he had stayed with the players at the motel until they left about 8.30am on Sunday to fly home.
"I'm not really in a good position to talk right now because I'm f...... gutted," Scott said.
"I hope it didn't happen. We've got a campaign [to run] and we don't need s... like this.
"I just need to find out what the hell is going on."
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