Lions player investigated for sexual assault

Dunedin police are believed to be investigating an alleged sexual assault in the city involving a Lions rugby player.

The alleged incident took place after the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions which the Lions won 26-22 at Carisbrook on Saturday.

Police have release details on the incident but issued a statement saying that their had been an “incident” early Sunday morning involving an 18-year-old female.

Stuff website understands that an 18-year-old University of Otago student has complained that she was sexually assaulted.

Friends of the girl at one of the University’s halls of residence say they have been warned not to talk to reporters about the incident.

Otago University communications manager Megan McPherson said the incident was a “police matter”.

It is understood police today requested video footage from a bar in central Dunedin.

When contacted this morning Lions Coach John Mitchell said he had no information. “This is the first we’ve heard of it.”

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