Jarryd Hayne has been arrested by Sydney police

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Australian rugby league player Jarryd Hayne is being questioned by New South Wales Police over an allegation of sexual assault.

The charge carries a maximum 20-year jail term if Hayne is convicted.

The alleged victim had been in touch with Hayne on social media, when he allegedly agreed to travel to a house in the Hunter region to meet her.

The 26-year-old woman claimed she and Hayne were having consensual sex but she "withdrew her consent".

The 30-year-old turned himself in at Ryde Police Station this afternoon and was arrested by officers.

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The woman originally made a complaint to the NRL's Integrity Unit about the incident who referred the woman to the police.

Hayne has played 11 Tests for Australia, helping them to win the 2013 World Cup, but has also represented Fiji, where his father hails from.

It is the second sexual assault allegation levelled at the embattled rugby league player, who is now fighting a civil lawsuit in the U.S. over allegations he had non-consensual sex with a woman in December 2015, while he was in the USA playing NFL for the San Francisco 49ers.

After questioning by detectives from the sex crimes squad, Hayne was charged with aggravated sexual assault - inflicting actual bodily harm.

Cops investigated but ultimately did NOT charge Hayne with a crime.

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