an English rugby player, an « international star », accused of rape of a teenage girl

An English rugby player, former player of the XV de la Rose, a « international starWas arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl, according to the PA news agency and the Daily Mail. The tabloid reports that the 29-year-old, whose name has not been released for legal reasons, was arrested on Sunday following an attack at a Manchester nightclub the day before. A 41-year-old woman was also arrested for administering a substance with the intention of causing a sexual assault. Both have been released on bail while the investigation continues.

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A police spokesperson, quoted by the Daily Mail, said : « Officers were called shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday January 9 to report a sexual assault on a young woman.Another tabloid, the Sun, reports that the alleged victim, who had planned to take a taxi home, would have agreed to be accompanied by the player. He then allegedly took her to a property where they would have spent the night. The next morning at around 11 a.m., the owner of the house found the girl in a state of confusion and called the police. The English Federation (Rugby Football Union) declined to comment.

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