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Thu Apr 17 14:56:13 SAST 2014

Baby Blacks player accused of rape

TEAMtalk Media | 25 June, 2012 11:300 Comments
2012 IRB Junior World Champs Final: South Africa v New Zealand
A disappointed Baby Blacks team after the IRB Junior World Championships final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Newlands on June 22, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa
Image by: Luke Walker / Gallo Images

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) have confirmed it's been made aware of an alleged rape claim in South Africa, involving a Junior All Blacks player.

It follows a report in South African media that police are investigating a rape claim, following the Baby Blacks' loss to the Baby Boks in the Junior World Championship final on Friday.

"We are investigating a case of rape after a 22-year-old Cape Town woman alleged she was raped," said national police spokesman Vish Naidoo.

"It is alleged the rape took place during the course of Friday night."

NZRU General Manager of Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen says an issue was raised by police in Cape Town before the New Zealand Under-20 team left South Africa.

He says the team and management cooperated fully with police, after which they advised they were happy for all members of the team to travel home.

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