Proof! Etzebeth good to go

2013-09-06 09:46
Cape Town - Lock Eben Etzebeth appears likely to start for the Springboks in their Rugby Championship Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Etzebeth was on Wednesday included in the Springbok starting XV for the clash at Suncorp Stadium, but team management was uncertain over his availability as he had been laid low by illness all week.

He was given until Friday to recover - and seems to have done just that.

According to Fox Sports rugby commentator Greg Clark, Etzebeth participated in the Bok captain's run on Friday evening (Australian time).

Clark tweeted a picture of Etzebeth training and said the Stormers lock should be ready to face the Wallabies.

Kick-off is at 12:05 (SA time) on Saturday.



Boks training at Suncorp. Etzebeth is training so should be a starter - @greg_clarkie

Teams:

Australia:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Adam-Ashley Cooper, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Jesse Mogg

South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

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