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Fri Apr 18 16:11:40 SAST 2014

Baby Black denies rape claim

Sapa | 28 June, 2012 16:300 Comments
The New Zealand team preform the Haka during the IRB Junior World Championships final between South Africa and New Zealand at Newlands on June 22, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa
Image by: Luke Walker / Gallo Images

A New Zealand rugby player has come forward as the Under-20 player accused of rape in South Africa, according to a report on Thursday.

Hooker Nathan Harris, 20, said in a statement he had let down his team and his family.

He denied the rape charge, but said: “I should not have allowed a woman to enter my room. This was against team rules.” 

The alleged rape took place after the New Zealand Under-20 team, dubbed the Baby Blacks, lost to their South African counterparts in Cape Town on Friday.

Police in Cape Town said they had taken DNA samples from two players after a 22-year-old woman claimed she was raped in a hotel after the match.

Harris said in a statement released via the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU): “I have learnt a lot and now I am hoping for a good outcome so I can get on with my life.” 

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew was still to comment on this development.

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