Rugby: Japanese touch team's gear stolen hours after arrival
News On Japan via New Zealand Herald -- Feb 27

A group of Japanese touch rugby players had nearly all their possessions stolen while they ate at a restaurant in South Auckland only hours after arriving in the country. Brazen thieves used bolt-cutters to cut the locks on the back of three trailers and smash windows of vans to take thousands of dollars of gear, including computers, iPods, phones, passports and the players' kits. The team are here to play in the national touch championship in Palmerston North but have been forced to split up with some members staying in Auckland to buy new gear and replace passports.




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