Three Grenoble players – Ireland’s Denis Coulson, Rory Grice of New Zealand and France’s Loick Jammes – have been charged with gang rape, prosecutors in Bordeaux announced on Wednesday.
Coulson, 22, Grice, 27, and Jammes, 22, are accused of gang-raping a 21-year-old woman in a hotel after she met them at a nightclub in Bordeaux following their Top 14 defeat by Bordeaux-Begles on March 11.
Under the terms of their judicial supervision, they are forbidden from making contact with their accuser and of leaving France and must report to a police station.
Prosecutors on Tuesday said that there was “serious or consistent evidence against them which makes their participation likely, as perpetrators or accomplices, in the offence of which they have been accused.”
The alleged victim told police she met the players in a nightclub and then went back to their hotel in Merignac, near Bordeaux.
Grenoble initially suspended the six players on March 17, lifting the suspensions 12 days later.
However the French Top 14 club insisted they reserved the right to take further measures should new information surface in the investigation.