Powerful UCT lock Eben Etzebeth, who was one of the standout performers for the Ikey Tigers in the 2011 Varsity Cup has been called into the Springbok squad to face England this month.
The Ikey Tigers forward looks set to go from club player, to Stormers player to a test player – all in the space of twelve months. Aggressive, mobile and hungry to learn, he has made big strides in Super Rugby and formed part of an impressive Stormers tight five this season.
EBEN ETZEBETH (Ikey Tigers – Stormers):
Date of Birth: October 29, 1991
Congratulations from all the Ikeys!
The Springbok squad (32): Willem Alberts, Bjorn Basson, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jean de Villiers, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Eben Etzebeth, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Ryan Kankowski, Zane Kirchner, Juandré Kruger, Werner Kruger, Patrick Lambie, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Wynand Olivier,Coenie Oosthuizen, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jacques Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Pierre Spies, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak.
Test fixtures (v England):
Saturday, June 9 – Durban
Saturday, June 16 – Johannesburg
Saturday, June 23 – Port Elizabeth