Players urged to cooperate in rape investigation
The two South Canterbury rugby players at the centre of an investigation into the alleged rape of a young woman in Whanganui over the weekend have been urged by team officials to co-operate with the police.
The announcement after the team's return to Timaru that two of the 22-strong squad were under investigation by Whanganui police was news to some players, according to a Timaru Herald source.
High winds at the squad's training base at Alpine Energy Stadium last night meant the squad was going to switch to a gym but the scheduled team meeting went much longer because of the circumstances.
The Herald understands at that meeting at least one senior player gave his frank assessment that if the allegation was true the players should step up. South Canterbury's assistant coach Simon Scott is a former Auckland detective senior sergeant and the source said he also urged all the players to tell the truth about what they knew.
There is concern among players about being implicated in something they knew nothing about.
The investigation has 10 officers on the case in Whanganui while Timaru police are also likely to be called on to help.
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