31 Oct 2010

Reward offered by NZRU for missing jersey

10:22 am on 31 October 2010

A reward is being offered by the New Zealand Rugby Union for the return of a stolen 100-year old jersey.

The Maori Rugby jersey had been loaned to the union and was taken during centenary celebrations in Rotorua in June.

The jersey, dating from 1910, belonged to Maori hooker David Small and was discovered by his family in a garage in 1961.

The NZRU would not say how much is being offered for information leading to its retrieval.

Chief executive Steve Tew says someone out there knows something.

Detective Inspector John Tims says a CIB team is actively investigating the theft.

That includes viewing security camera images, interviewing dozens of people, and monitoring online auction sites.

The jersey is black with a red centre band and a gold fern, and is in a very fragile condition.