Rebels suspend rookie duo over fresh allegations

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by Beth Newman

UPDATED: The Melbourne Rebels have suspended two players indefinitely after were involved in an incident that left a man hospitalised with serious injuries.

Rookies Hunter Paisami and Pone Faamausili have both admitted their presence at a late-night conflict after being accused of seriously injuring another man, and the Rebels have stood the pair down for the time being.

Faamausili has provided a statement to police on Sunday over the alleged incident but no charges have been laid and the duo have also spoken to Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson and team manager Tony Thorpe about the incident.

Paisami is yet to provide a statement to police. 

Faamausili made his Rebels debut this season and recently signed a new deal with the club, taking him through to 2020, while Paisami is yet to make his Super Rugby debut.

The allegations came to light on Sunday via social media, with the sister of the alleged victim accusing the two Rebels players of a coward punch that left her brother in hospital.

There are believed to be conflicting accounts of the incident, though they are taking the situation very seriously in light of recent events.

Rebels no. 8 Amanaki Mafi was arrested in New Zealand last weekend and charged with injuring with intent to injure teammate Lopeti Timani.

Any formal club punishments will not be handed down by the Rebels until the police investigation is complete.

Rugby Australia is also aware of the accusations.