Some players from the South Canterbury Rugby team are facing
allegations of rape, police say.
A statement today from Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong
of Wanganui police said about 15 officers in Wanganui,
Palmerston North and Timaru were working on an investigation
involving the alleged rape of a young woman in Wanganui on
The South Canterbury Rugby team were staying in the city at
"I can confirm that the rape allegations have been brought
against a number of players from the South Canterbury Rugby
Team who were staying at the Kingsgate Hotel in Whanganui,''
Mr Forlong said.
"South Canterbury Rugby are fully cooperating and assisting
us with our investigation. We have taken a number of
statements from the team but we still have a large number of
people to speak to,'' he said.
There was ongoing analysis of CCTV footage from city cameras
and footage from bars players were believed to have visited.