NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been arrested after a sexual assault allegation was made against him in Australia.
It alleged Hayne assaulted a female victim in the Hunter Valley area which lies north of Sydney, on the night of the NRL Final (September 30).
The former Parramatta Eels player and now free agent presented for questioning at a police station after the complaint was made against him.
It’s been reported in Australia that Hayne has been charged with ‘aggravated sexual assault – inflict actual bodily harm’.
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The NSW Police Force issued a statement to NRL.com saying: “Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad arrested a 30-year-old man at Ryde Police Station just after 4pm today (Monday 19 November 2018). No further information is available at this time.”
It also transpires that the NRL Integrity Unit have been aware of the incident for some time.
Hayne had been linked with a move to union over the course of the last 12 months, although facing criminal proceedings of this nature in Australia could scupper a move to the fifteen man code.
With the 2019 Rugby World Cup just around the corner, a switch to rugby would enable Hayne to be considered for Fiji, who have publicly expressed they would consider his form if he were in the game.
Theoretically, Hayne could fit in under the Pacific-eligible player quota for any Super Rugby squad.
There have reportedly been several French rugby clubs lining up to talk with Hayne’s agent so a European move is on the cards if he is serious about playing for Fiji next year.
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