The Highlanders are investigating allegations that one of their Super Rugby players was involved in an assault on a women in a Dunedin bar early Sunday morning.
Dunedin Police have confirmed they are also following up reports of an incident at Vault 21 in the city centre, although officers did not attend and the complaint was filed at midday Sunday.
Stuff claims All Blacks loose forward Shannon Frizell has been implicated, although no-one has been arrested.
"We are aware of an alleged incident involving a player on Saturday night," Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark told Stuff. "We will investigate and make no further comment at this stage."
The Highlanders enjoyed a weekend off, after missing out on the Super Rugby Aotearoa final, but will begin their Super Rugby Trans-Tasman campaign on Friday against the Reds.
The Chiefs have also had to defend their players from accusations of raucous behaviour, after their 24-13 final loss to the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Novotel hotel guests complained of drunken scenes and excessive noise after the defeat, but Chiefs CEO Michael Collins insists none of his players were involved.
"While we will continue to investigate with our players and staff, we are confident that, based on our inquiries to date, none of our people were on the 12th floor or were involved in unruly behaviour that upset other hotel guests."
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