Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou was robbed of his mobile phone outside the team hotel in Johannesburg (file photo).
Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou has been attacked outside the team’s hotel in South Africa.
A Wallabies spokesperson confirmed Tupou was the victim of a “snatch and run” less than 50 metres from where the team is staying in central Sandton, just out of Johannesburg, ahead of their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).
Tupou was coming back from an organised dinner at a nearby restaurant with eight players when the incident occurred at 9.15pm (SA time) on Saturday.
“I was at dinner with the front rowers, it was just outside our hotel,” Tupou said. “On our way back someone just came from behind and took my phone. I thought it was one of the boys so I looked back and he was wearing a hoodie and ran with my phone. I tried to chase after him and he got in the car and I got some cuts but I’m fine. I lost my phone but I can live with that.”
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Just in: Wallabies player attacked last night in South Africa was Taniela Tupou. Phone snatch 50m from team hotel. At 9.15pm local time a man grabbed his mobile phone and ran and got into a waiting vehicle. Tupou it was a teammate. Suffered minor cuts to arm. Police alerted
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Tupou, 23 and 135kg, was treated for his cuts and is being monitored by Wallabies staff ahead of the side’s match this weekend against the Springboks at Ellis Park.
Police took statements from all the players who witnessed the incident. Police believe the attack was part of a series of attacks on the same night.
The Sydney Morning Herald understands security guards from the hotel were within viewing range of the incident.
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Publish date : 2019-07-14 08:19:00