Etzebeth 'cut' for the season

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:41
Large eben etzebeth on cructhes Large eben etzebeth bowed Large etzebeth wp training.jpg630 Large pieter steph du toit  bakki

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to feature for the Stormers next year.

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to feature for the Stormers next year.

The young star revealed on Thursday that he will undergo surgery for an ankle injury sustained in South Africa's 19-10 win over France last weekend.

"Going for operation on Monday," Etzebeth tweeted, adding: "Plus-minus six months out of action."

That means he won't be back on the field before June and with no game time, is likely to miss South Africa's mid-year Tests as well.

If he does return to the playing field for the final stages of the Super Rugby season in July, Etzebeth will make his return to the Bok team for the Rugby Championship starting in August.

According to a statement by the Stormers the specialist's assessment is that Etzebeth will be out of action for a minimum of 16 to 18 weeks.

"It's very unfortunate to again start a new Vodacom Super Rugby season without Eben Etzebeth," Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said.

"However, it opens up an opportunity for other players to step up and take the gap in Eben's absence.

"De Kock Steenkamp, Rynhardt Elstadt and Michael Rhodes have plenty of Super Rugby experience already, whilst our younger training squad members like Mthetheleli Fuzani, Ruan Botha and Jean Kleyn will have to step up," added Coetzee.

"Unfortunately, a young player like Gerbrandt Grobler [ankle] will still be out of action for some time [yet], but, of course, we have signed a Test lock with plenty of experience in the form of Manuel Carizza, who will arrive here in January 2014."

Etzebeth, 22, has made 21 Super Rugby appearances for the Stormers since his debut in 2012, as well as winning six caps for WP.

He has also played 23 Tests for the Springboks since 2012.

Etzebeth was earlier this week named as one of the five nominees for the prestigious IRB World Player of the Year Award for 2013.

He is the youngest of the five nominees - the other four are Kieran Read and Ben Smith (both New Zealand), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales and the British & Irish Lions) and Sergio Parisse (Italy).

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer lauded Etzebeth for his contribution to South Africa in the last two seasons.

"I've followed his career closely since he was still at school and I'm extremely proud of Eben," said Meyer.

"It's almost amazing to think that he was still playing in the Varsity Cup for the University of Cape Town in 2011.

"Eben's performances this year and in 2012 is testimony to someone who puts in a lot of hard work, is eager to learn and doesn't shy away from a challenge. I've already said that I believe he can become a world great if he remains humble and keeps working hard and this nomination, in only his second year in Test rugby, underlines that."
 

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14