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NZ rugby players accused of rape in France

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017
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Two New Zealanders are among six rugby players who've been arrested in France after rape allegations.

Rory Grice and Dylan Hayes are being questioned by police following allegations a 21-year-old woman was raped after meeting them in a nightclub.

Grenoble teammates Dennis Coulson, Chris Farrel, former Wallaby Peter Kimlin and French hooker Loick Jammes have also been accused, according to French news website La Dauphine.

The club has fired all players involved.

The woman asys she met the players in Bordeaux following their match against Bordeaux-Begles on March 11 and was drugged at the nightclub and taken back to a hotel.

While he "respects the presumption of innocence" Grenoble club president Eric Pilaud says there will not be an internal enquiry because he "doesn't think the players want to answer our [the team staff's] questions".

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