Taniela Tupous's phone stolen in South Africa ahead of the Rugby Championship

Taniela Tupous's phone stolen in South Africa ahead of the Rugby Championship

Wallabies player Taniela Tupou has been the victim of a robbery near the team's hotel outside Johannesberg, South Africa.

Rugby Australia confirmed that prop's phone had been stolen in a "snatch and run" near where the team lives in Sandton.

Rugby Australia released a statement on Sunday evening confirming the incident.

"Tupou had been with the eight other front riders for an organized dinner across the road from the hotel," the statement said.

"They went back at 15.15 local time when a man broke his mobile phone before he ran away to get into a waiting vehicle.

"Tupou thought it was one of his teammates. When he realized he didn't know the person, he was hunting and trying to take it out of the car and suffered some small cuts to his arm."

The 23-year-old, named Tongan Thor, has played 10 times for Wallabies since his debut in 2017, which is an important part of Michael Cheika's team.

Tupou said he was "good at walking" despite the scare.

"I thought it was one of the boys, so I looked back and he had a hoodie and ran with my phone," Tupou Rugby Australia says.

"I tried to hunt for him, he got into the car and I got a bit of a cut, but I'm fine.

"The only thing is, I lost my phone, but I can live with it."

It is hardly the ideal preparation for the team's Rugby Championship opener to South Africa in Johannesberg's Ellis Park next Sunday morning (AEST).

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