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Harris protests innocence
ESPN Staff
June 28, 2012
The IRB Junior World Championship silverware, South Africa v New Zealand, IRB Junior World Championship Final, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, June 22, 2012
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Baby Blacks hooker Nathan Harris says he is innocent of the rape allegations which have been made public in the aftermath of last Friday's Junior World Championship final.

Harris is under investigation by South African police following the allegations made earlier this week and has opted to speak out. "I am making this statement today so everyone knows that I am the player at the centre of this issue," Harris said. "There is no one else involved.

"I want to say very strongly that I am innocent of the allegation made against me. However, I should not have allowed a woman to enter my room. This was against team rules. For that I am truly sorry and I want to apologise to my team mates, team management and to all the parents and friends who supported our team, but especially to my family for the distress this has caused them all.

"The past five days have been a very stressful and painful time for me and my family. I have learnt a lot and now I am hoping for a good outcome so I can get on with my life. I have been advised that with a police investigation underway I am unable to comment further."

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