South African Rugby (SARU) offices in the Plattekloof area of the Western Cape were broken into late on Monday, with Springboks memorabilia, jerseys and laptops stolen.
Two burglars broke into the offices where the replica of the Webb Ellis trophy is kept and managed to get away with valuables.
A spokesperson for SA Rugby has confirmed the break-in and that all the trophies, including the William Webb Ellis Cup replicas, are still safe.
According to the spokesperson, who spoke to Afrikaans publication Netwerk24, the robbers broke into SARU House through the ground floor of the building, where other businesses also operate.
“Two well-dressed men entered the site of the office complex… they forced open a window on the ground floor of the building and entered,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that “all the trophies are safe” before confirming that several other valuables were taken.
“At the first company, five signed Springbok jerseys, whisky, and eight laptops were taken. From the other company, 60 laptops were taken. Thereafter, they left the building and drove away,” he said.
Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee shared footage and images of the burglars on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 14, 2023
Meanwhile, Parrow police have registered two cases of business burglary.
The Springboks sealed their fourth Rugby World Cup title, defeating New Zealand 12-11 in Paris some three weeks ago, and while SARU are still in possession of the trophy, as it was tucked away in an office safe that was not broken into.
Earlier this month, Bok captain Siya Kolisi delivered the trophy to SARU House, placing the original William Webb Ellis Cup along with the 1995, 2007 and 2019 replicas.
— Springboks (@Springboks) November 3, 2023
The police appealed to anyone who had information on the robbery to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.