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10th Jul 2024

Two France international rugby players arrested for sexual assault

Harry Warner

Hugo Auradou

Two rugby players from the French international squad have been arrested in Argentina on suspicion of sexual assault.

The two players in question are 20-year-old Pau lock Hugo Auradou and the La Rochelle flanker Oscar Jégou, 21.

The allegation comes from a young woman who claims the incident happened after a test match between France and Argentina.

The players are set to be taken from the Buenos Aires to Mendoza, where the alleged incident happened.

The president of the the French rugby federation (FFR), Florian Grill, said that if the facts are proven they are “incredibly serious”.

He said: “An investigation is under way.

“We must already have a thought for the young woman. If, once again, it is proven, it is the opposite of everything that rugby does. I have no details. I cannot say what happened. An investigation is under way. It is important to let it take place.”

He added: “We are in contact with the authorities. We are trying to support everyone. We have also notified the French authorities, because this is a potentially very important case.”

The complaint was place on Monday and, according to L’Equipe, the accusation is “long with numerous details on the events of that evening.”

The French paper also said that the women was “examined by a doctor who noticed injuries.”

Auradou and Jégou have been placed in holding to avoid a “risk of escape.”

The French XV left Argentina for Uruguay yesterday to continue their tour.

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