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NRL player Jack de Belin charged over alleged assault

Jack de Belin has been charged with aggravated sexual assault. Source: AAP

St George Illawarra star Jack de Belin has been charged over an alleged sexual assault after handing himself in to police in Wollongong.

NRL player Jack de Belin has been charged over an alleged sexual assault in Wollongong.

The 27-year-old St George Illawarra Dragon player voluntarily attended Wollongong Police Station on Thursday afternoon after the alleged incident with a 19-year-old woman at a unit in Wollongong on the weekend.

De Belin has been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in company and bail is being determined, police said.

The NRL said the integrity unit has been advised and the league will allow the "legal process" to take its course.

The incident allegedly happened in the early hours of Sunday morning during a night out in Wollongong after the woman reportedly left a Crown Street establishment with a large group including De Belin, the Nine Network says.

She reportedly hopped into a taxi with de Belin and a lower grade player and was under the impression they were headed to another club but instead ended up at an apartment block, according to the Nine Network.

The 19-year-old reportedly went to the bathroom in the apartment block and once she came out she says the players were naked and she was then allegedly sexually assaulted, the Nine Network says.

De Belin made his debut for NSW this year in the State of Origin and has played 153 NRL games.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have been contacted for comment.

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