Argentinean rugby team goes on shoplifting spree

2014-04-06 08:41

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Cape Town - A visiting Argentinean rugby team allegedly stole over R30 000 worth of muscle-building products from a Cape Town store after players went on a shoplifting spree, reports the Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, the team, that was part of a club tour playing matches against local teams, appeared to be mostly teenagers.

Shop owner, Peter Joubert, said the players bought about R5 000 worth of supplements and shoplifted about R30 000.

Mall security recovered most of the stolen property after giving chase. No charges were brought against the rugby players.

Rugby in Argentina

This unfortunate incident aside, it's not only on a club and junior level that rugby players between the two nations interact.

Argentina is the only South American country that has a really strong rugby culture, which was given a boost when Argentina joined South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in the Rugby Championship (formerly known as the Tri-Nations).

As with most rugby-playing nations, the game was introduced by British immigrants, and according to
Wikipedia, the first game was officially played in the country in 1873. Rugby is also played in neighbouring Uruguay, although not at a Tier 1 level, according to sanzarrugby.com

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