Friday 19 December 2014

Munster squad targeted by thieves at home – and abroad

Published 26/02/2013 | 04:00

Munster head coach Rob Penney

MUNSTER rugby stars suffered a miserable run of fortune at the weekend as they were targeted twice by thieves – either side of their defeat to Italian side Treviso.

The squad had items stolen during training in Portlaoise, and just two days later were hit again by thieves who broke into their hotel room.

The squad trained in the midlands town on Friday, and when players returned to the changing rooms they discovered their belongings had been ransacked.

The thieves got away with cash, watches and jewellery worth about €500 on this occasion.

But a bad weekend took a turn for the worse during their two night stay in Italy. When the squad and coach Rob Penney (inset) returned to their hotel they discovered their rooms had been broken into.

The Italian thieves ignored mobile phones and laptops, instead making do with cash, watches and jewellery the Portlaoise thieves had overlooked.

It is understood the total haul was worth as much as €6,000. It is unclear which players lost items or money during the thefts.

Irish Independent

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