Burglars Target SA Rugby's Cape Town Offices, Rugby World Cup Trophy Unharmed

Burglars Target SA Rugby's Cape Town Offices, Rugby World Cup Trophy Unharmed

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at November 15, 2023 at 3:20 PM
  • The Rugby World Cup trophy is safe and is believed to be in a secure location
  • The Cape Town offices were ransacked in the early hours of Monday morning
  • A number of valuables were taken by thieves including whiskey and laptops

The administrative home of Springbok rugby was burgled in the early hours of November 13.

Several men reportedly gained access to the building and removed multiple valuables, except the items that mattered most.

The unwanted visitors were able to rummage through the lower floors of the building, but the Webb Ellis Cup and other trophies are said to be kept safe on the upper floors.

Webb Ellis Cup, burglary, Cape Town, SARU Office.
The Webb Ellis Cup was declared safe after a burglary at South African Rugby's Cape Town offices on Monday, November 13. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.
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The four Webb Ellis Cups kept in Cape Town are replicas of an original made in 1906, with various replicas made since the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.

These incidents are commonplace in South Africa. In crime statistics released in August by the South African Police Service, there were 14,102 cases of non-residential burglary reported in South Africa between April and June 2023, with 2,073 of those occurring in the Western Cape.

This number is down fractionally from 14,677 in the same three-month period last year. The total is dwarfed by the amount of residential burglaries, which was recorded at 38,808 in the first quarter of 2023.

Popular radio host in the Mother City, Darren Simpson noted the incident was not a good advertisement for the country.

While presenting his morning show, EWN reported the host as saying:

"Can't we have anything nice? It's so embarrassing but unfortunately very on-brand for South Africa."

Police confirmation of the incident was reported by IOL, who confirmed that several Springbok memorabilia jerseys, whiskey, and multiple laptops were taken from the scene.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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