South Africa rugby offices burgled as World Cup trophy touched but left behind
Numerous laptops and autographed jerseys were taken by the burglars.
The Springboks’ 2023 Rugby World Cup trophy was touched by burglars who broke into South Africa’s headquarters, but the silverware was left behind.
During the Monday break-in, several laptops, signed South Africa jerseys, and whisky were taken by the thieves.
Nevertheless, neither the original William Webb Ellis Cup nor any other awards in the Cape Town offices were removed.
When South Africa defeated New Zealand 12–11 in Paris last month, they became the first team to win the men’s World Cup four times.
After that, the Springboks made their way back to South Africa for a four-day trophy tour, where they celebrated their victory with national parades. With the victory in France, Siya Kolisi—who previously led the Springboks to the 2019 World Cup title in Japan—became the second man to lift the World Cup twice. In 2011 and 2015, New Zealand’s Richie McCaw won the Webb Ellis Cup.
South Africa defeated the host nation, France, 29–28, and then upset England 16–15 in the semifinals, winning all three of their knockout games by a single point.