West France (with AFP)
More fear than injury to the Australian pillar Taniela Tupou. The rugby player was attacked at the end of his hotel on Saturday night in Johannesburg. His attacker stole his phone before he fled. Wallabies player performs well with a few cuts and is ready to train again before the start of the Rugby Championship.
The Australian international pillar Taniela Tupou was robbed by a phone in front of his hotel in Johannesburg on Saturday night and slightly injured in an arm after struggling with his attacker, the Australian federation announced Saturday.
Tupou was robbed in the exclusive neighborhood of Sandton outside the hotel, where Wallabies stay while returning to sleep after a dinner around noon. 21.15, the federation said.
"I went to dinner with the front side. On the way back someone came from behind and took my phone", said the 23-year-old pillar of tanan origin in a video attached to the statement on federal news site, "Rugby.com.au".
Tupou explained that he thought he was one of his teammates, but when he returned, he noticed the person "Wear a hoodie".
"I tried to run after him, he got into a car. I had some cuts, but I'm fine. I lost my phone, but I can live without, added the player to all 4 selections.
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The Australian Rugby Federation said on Sunday that the car was waiting for the attacker and that Tupou only suffered from "Some light cuts on one arm".
The column appeared with two bandages on the right arm of a video released by Wallabies. "It's crazy … I learned a lesson. Fortunately, he didn't take my wallet. Now I'm ready to play, to train.", the player announced.
The local police registered the complaint and confirmed that the robbery was part of a series of events that took place on Saturday night in Johannesburg, a city known for its high crime rate.
For its first Rugby Championship match this year, Australia will meet South Africa on July 20 in Johannesburg.
Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou has been the victim of a telephone snatch and grip in Johannesburg, says Rugby Australia. https://t.co/9uvQqQEGQQ
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