Two France players arrested over alleged sexual assault in Argentina

Two France players arrested over alleged sexual assault in Argentina

Two France internationals have been arrested following an allegation of sexual assault during Les Bleus' South America tour.

French Rugby Federation president Florian Grill told reporters in Buenos Aires that if the facts are proven they are "incredibly serious".

The two players â- 20-year-old Pau lock Hugo Auradou and La Rochelle flanker Oscar Jegou, 21 (pictured) â- are set to be taken from the Argentine capital to Mendoza, where the alleged incident happened.

Mendoza staged the first Test between Argentina and France on Saturday, when Auradou and Jegou both started.

"An investigation is under way," Grill said, in comments reported by L'Equipe. "If the facts are proven, they are incredibly serious.

"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.

"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."

In a post on X, French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said: "If the investigation establishes the alleged facts, they constitute an unspeakable atrocity.

"Thought for the victim. Thanks to Florian Grill for his right words and his emotion that everyone shares this morning.

"I remain in contact with the federation and our embassy there."

In a statement on the club's official website, La Rochelle said: "Stade Rochelais was informed, through the press, of the arrest of Oscar Jegou in Argentina following an accusation of sexual assault.

"In the total absence of direct information on the ongoing procedure, the club will refrain from any comment for the moment."

Pau, meanwhile, said the club had "learned this morning through the media of the arrest and serious accusations made against our second-row Hugo Auradou, currently on tour in Argentina with the national team.

âœThe club is awaiting more specific information from the French Rugby Federation and the initial conclusions of the ongoing investigation, which is essential at this stage.â

France are due to play Uruguay in Montevideo on Wednesday, before Saturday's second Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.