Police in New Zealand are to speak to four England rugby stars about sex attack allegations. Detectives are investigating a “serious allegation” made against the players by the alleged victim’s boyfriend, it was claimed.
Two players are reported to have had sex with an 18-year-old girl in a hotel room in Auckland where the team are on tour.
Two other unnamed players watched the girl perform sex acts, it was claimed. Team bosses said players would cooperate with police but said no official complaint had been made.
The alleged incident occurred in a room at the Hilton Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning following England’s 37-20 defeat to the All Blacks. Players engaged in a “rowdy” drinking session in a bar before returning to the hotel with up to six women, according to reports.
Director of rugby Rob Andrew said England were fully co-operating with police.
Captain Steve Borthwick insisted England’s preparations for the second Test against New Zealand would not be derailed by allegations.
When asked how difficult it has been for him and the team to maintain focus on the game, Borthwick said: “When you have got a game against the All Blacks at the weekend the focus is very clear. Our preparations have gone well.”