WATCH: Australian rugby star suffers cuts to his arm in stand off with Sandton robber

2019-07-14 17:50
Taniela Tupou. (Getty Images)

Taniela Tupou. (Getty Images)

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Australian prop Taniela Tupou was slightly injured after his phone was snatched from him when he and the team were walking back to their Sandton hotel after dinner on Saturday night, the team's spokesperson said. 

"Last night in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou was the victim of a phone snatch 50 metres from the team hotel," said Chris Ford by statement.

The 135kg player had been to dinner with eight other players for dinner across the road from the hotel.

"They were walking back at approximately 9.15pm local time, when a man snatched his mobile phone before running away to get into a waiting vehicle. 

"Tupou thought it was one of his teammates. When he realised he didn’t know the person, he gave chase and tried to grab it out of the car and suffered some minor cuts to his arm." 

He said police took statements from all the players and believe it was part of a series of incidents that night. Tupou was the only player involved in the incident. 

The team is in South Africa for a showdown with the Springboks next weekend. 

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