[Updated] A South African rugby player has been arrested following an alleged assault that took place during the World Rugby Classic on Saturday night [Nov 10].
A police statement said: “Police are investigating a report of assault that took place Saturday night at the World Ruby Classic (second game). As a result a man has been arrested in connection with an off ball assault that took place during the USA/South Africa match.
“Police are appealing for witnesses, specifically anyone who may have video images of the assault, to contact Sergeant Derek Berry on 295-0011.”
Update 8.19pm: The man arrested was a South African player. During the South Africa/United States match, he was sent off for an alleged “off the ball” incident that left an American player laying motionless on the ground.
The American player was attended to by medical staff, and placed on a backboard before being transported to the hospital. Following what we understand to be an official complaint, the South African player was arrested.
South Africa defeated the United States 43-10 in the match.