Baby Black denies rape claim
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.