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New Zealand Warriors player Michael Crockett is under investigation by NSW Police over claims that he sexually assaulted a woman in Sydney.
Chief executive Wayne Scurrah, who will address media at 11am Auckland time today, said in a statement that Crockett strenuously denied the allegations. Scurrah said the alleged incident happened away from the team's hotel and Crockett was the only player being investigated.
"We have informed the National Rugby League and our major partners about the issue," he said.
"The club has assisted Michael in gaining access to legal advice."
The incident followed the Warriors draw with the Roosters on Sunday. The woman made the complaint to Redfern police early Monday morning. Crockett, a winger for the Warriors, has been dropped from this week's match against the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.
NRL CEO David Gallop told The Daily Telegraph the league was monitoring the investigation closely.
"We were made aware of the allegations by the (team) on Monday morning," Mr Gallop said. "These are obviously very serious allegations."